23 January 2013

LESSONS LEARNED ~ guest blogger Eileen

hi, i'm eileen.i joined the kal several weeks ago and have had an up and down start. 
i thought i knew how to read a knitting chart but quickly found out i did not.
so with some help from lori at lorix5 i was up and running....
until my counts were off by chart B. so i took it back one stitch at a time . when i had the count correct i started again-
only to be off within 4 rows.
now i had been putting in hours and hours of time on this pi shawl, [ a total of 7 starts ] time that other things like dinner, cleaning and talking to my husband was not happening.
last friday i was ready to throw the entire thing in the garbage, [ saving the needles of course ],
when i decided one more try at it.
it worked, has been working
and i'm totally smitten with leaves of grass.
what i learned:
- how to read a chart 
[ did buy a book on this subject as well ]
- use markers.. lots of them
- use a life line
- ask a friend for help
thanks lori
- casting on using a disappearing loop


i am half way through chart C


i think life lines are just a good idea in LIFE.

22 comments:

  1. looks to me you are an expert lace knitter! Glad you did not quit on it.

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  2. I knew you could do it! welcome, Eileen ;)
    Melissa

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    1. Thanks for your help and patience so I could be a guest poster. This has been the funnest KAL I have ever been part of.

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    2. I love to hear that :) ~ I'm enjoying all of you being here also!

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  3. So glad you persisted. It is beautiful! And knowing when to use lifelines is a skill in of itself. Asking for help is perfect.

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    1. We are using the same yarn and I'm hoping my shawl will turn out bigger as well. I have been knitting on 6 needles, what about you. Your shawl sure is beautiful !

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  4. I'm so glad you triumphed! Your leaves is looking amazing ;)

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  5. wonderful! it's beautiful eileen and the rest of the pattern should be just as enjoyable as it is now. i so agree that sometimes it can be discouraging when struggling with a pattern, and then so rewarding too when you stay with it and find sucess! your leaves looks like an heirloom in the making. :)

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    1. thanks lori ann, your help and encouragement saved the day or should i say the knit. you have been very kind and patient with this knitter.

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  6. I am so glad you stuck with it.

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    1. thank you andee, your shawl is looking really good!

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  7. I just started yesterday. It took me five times casting on until I got it right. Just hit Chart B. We can do it!

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    1. thanks for the encouragement. i just got home from work and am so looking forward to a cup of tea and some serious time with chart C. however we are having a warm snap here maybe i should take the dogs for a walk first!

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  8. Looks beautiful, way to stick with it.

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  9. Oh and look and it now...just beautiful. What would do without Lori! So glad you fought the battle.

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  10. Congrats on pressing through. There is a definite learning curve in this; you become sharper at catching mistakes and reading your knitting, as well as charts becoming easier to read. It gets better!

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  11. Eileen, This is GORGEOUS. I consider myself a good knitter and I can read charts but I think this project (and shawls in general) are a different animal and a whole genre all by themselves. I have never tackled life lines and large shawls. But someday I hope to and I hope my project is as beautiful as yours.

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