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May 28, 2010

Knitting Lace

I've discovered that I LOVE to knit lace. Yes, it's complicated, and yes, please don't bring it to your knitting group because you will end up ripping it all out, but it IS really addictive. Who knew putting holes into your knitting ON PURPOSE could be so enjoyable! lol
I am currently working on an 1860's Sontag from Godey's Lady's Book Magazine. The above photo is the actual pattern and illustration. I wanted a knitted lace for the edging of the shawl, instead of just plain knitting with the fake ermine spots or a crochet shell border. I like to be unique! So I went hunting for the perfect knitted lace edging.
I found this blog: 1884 Knitted Lace Sample Book
I highly recommend it. The author, Vintage Kathleen, discovered a handwritten journal from the late 1800's in an antique store that had handwritten and newsprint clippings of lace knitting patterns. She has been diligently working her way through them, knitting the lace and posting her discoveries. Go Kathleen! What a fabulous bit of American History preserved through her efforts!
And lace knitters get to enjoy the fantastic patterns. I picked out this Shell Pattern for my Sontag.
I'm using JaggerSpun Heather 2/8 wool. JaggerSpun makes some fabulous yarn, fyi. Spun in Maine, the company is over 100 years old, and has some really lovely laceweight, fingering, sport and dk weight wool. They also have a wool-silk yarn that I've not personally used, but I've heard people swooning over so I'd like to try it. I also like the idea of buying American, and I try to do that whenever I can (which can be challenging), but as this is a rant-free post, I'm going to stop there!lol

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This blog is mainly to document my journey in Work: Knitting, Crochet and learning to do things such as Tatting, Netting, Drawn Thread Work and Sewing. Plus anything cool I find along the way :)
Lately, I have become really interested in 19th century fashion! But I also have a huge interest in expanding my skills with the goal that eventually, I will be able to make my clothes. I love to wear Salwar Kameez, but I want to be able to design and make my own, especially outfits in fabrics that are suited to colder weather since I live in upstate NY!