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Triangle Shawl Sampler

Triangle Shawl Sampler

This is the sampler I made from Evelyn Clark’s workshop. (Click for big.) It has only had a sauna treatment (steam block) because I bound off just in time for the guild meeting and I wanted to take it for the show and tell. The ends are not yet trimmed because it really needs a nice soak in a hot tub and re-blocked before I can call it finished.

Pattern: my own compilation of Evelyn’s stock lace patterns in her book “Knitting Lace Triangles
Yarn: 2 ply spindle spun yarn (Lisa Souza’s Superfine Merino in “Bird of Paradise” colorway)
Needles: US #4, 3.50 mm
Size: Depth: 22″; Wingspan: 50″. Just about the perfect shoulder shawl size for me.

I worked the lace patterns from most open to most dense, and worked all the transitions in between. In retrospect, I should have followed Evelyn’s advice that if you are mixing elements, you want to have denser patterns at the top of the triangle. But by the time she dispensed that piece of advice, I had already worked through to the first or second repeat, and I was too lazy (or stubborn) to rip back and start over.

Of course, if I were to completely do this over, I would have chosen a more solid colored yarn. I think the pattern is busy enough and doesn’t need the competition of the variegation.

I close this post with a detail of the tip, complete with the “mistake” I referenced in the last post. Can you find the mistake if I hadn’t already told you where it was? No? Me neither.

Triangle Shawl - Mistake Detail

Que Sera

Or, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

I don’t know if it’s experience or laziness, but I’m finding that I’m less and less willing to rip out mistakes without taking a good hard look at the work before making the decision to rip.

When working short-row heels, sometimes I get uneven number of stitches remaining unworked on either side.  I used to laboriously tink back to the start of the problem, if I can find it.  If not, tink back to the start of the heel.  Now?  I just let it be.  I realized that nobody will notice the off by one count, and it doesn’t affect the fit.  So, why bother?  (If it’s more than one off, I will likely tink back.)

When working heels in general, sometimes I will pick up an extra 1 or 2 stitches along each side to eliminate the gap.  Who cares if the pattern says pick up x stitches?  If x stitches cause a hole to happen, why not pick up x+1? You just need to do an extra set of decreases to get back down to the appropriate number.  Believe me, that will be less noticeable than the hole.  (Okay, this example is the inverse of the original premise of laziness.)

In my entrelac sampler from Kathryn Alexander’s class, there were a few squares that weren’t “square.”  For some reason, instead of picking up y stitches, I picked up z because z seemed to be what was called for.  After working the “square” it’s barely noticeable.

The other day, I was finishing off the triangle shawl I “designed” during Evelyn Clark’s “Designing Lace Triangles” class.  It was a sampler of all the stock lace patterns in the book.  When it was time to start the edging, I realized that I was short 2 stitches in the pattern repeat on either side of the center.  Even under careful scrutiny, I couldn’t figure out where I went wrong.  I don’t like to tink or rip unless I know exactly what I’m trying to fix and how far back it is.  So, what did I do?  Willy nilly picking up of the extra stitches would have been noticeable and unsightly.  So, in the first row of the edging, I just didn’t do the 3-1 decrease on that last pattern repeat.  Voila!  I now have the right number of stitches.  You can’t see the mistake unless you really look for it.

Sleeve increases/decreases.  You know those “increase every 6th row” instructions, and you lose track somewhere between rows 4 and 7.  Occasional slip ups can be made up in the following row.  Really.  It can.  Decrease or increase in the next row.  Honest.  Unless you point it out, chances are that no one will notice.

So, unless the mistakes are structural, I may decide not to fix the mistake.  I make that call as I go along.  This isn’t to say that 20 rows past my decision point, I won’t change my mind again and decide that the mistake really needs to come out.

Right, wrong, laziness or experience.  Call it what you will.  But I will say that experience plays a large part of it.  Only experience will tell me what I can and cannot get away with.  And if I’m wrong, well, it’s more experience, right?

Either all that or I’ve finally learned to ease off a bit on my OC tendencies.

The Breast Cancer Site

I received the following email from a friend today:

The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on ‘donating a mammogram’ for free (pink window in the middle).

This doesn’t cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising. Here’s the web site!


This is so easy and a no-brainer. We are so fortunate to have access to amazing health care. This helps those less fortunate to benefit from our “quick click.”

I have watch several of my friends go through breast cancer. I don’t wish this on anyone. Early detection really helps. Please take a moment and click now. For the rest of this year, I will have a button at the top of my sidebar. After that, you can find it in my links section.

The Breast Cancer Site

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