Fruitcake Knits

A sporadically updated blog that encompasses many creative activities

Peacock’s Tail update

Gotta love doilies for portable knitting! The Peacock’s Tail doily, started last spring, is coming along nicely. The expanding feather-and-fan pattern took a while to catch on to – it can be quite counter-intuitive to me. I’m at row 80 of 126, which in the circular knitting world translates into only about 40%.

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Whenever I knit on such tiny needles (1.5mm), my hands get used to it – and I can’t pick up any other knitting without feeling like I’m using baseball bats. So it seems that, unless I start socks or something, I won’t be able to do any other knitting until it’s done! Do any of you have the same issue?

Comments (2) January 17, 2014 @ 2:07 pm |

The doily bug has bit again

What I love about knitting doilies is how portable they are – they’re never too large for my purse or bookbag – and most patterns are fairly repetitive, making them easy to pick up at any time.

So here’s the start of Pafuglehale, or the Peacock’s Tail doily. Pattern is from Kunststrik and translations by Yarnover. Long-time readers, or short-time readers who poke around on my sidebar, should recognize many of their patterns – these are beautiful designs and easy to follow. 22 rows in, the baby doily appears! 1.5mm needles (US #000), thread is 44/2 wetspin Irish linen from WEBS that I also used for Alita, Mommes Lysedug, and another little doily.

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Comments (0) March 30, 2013 @ 11:17 am |

summer re-emergence

I suspect this blog is little more than an announcement that I am still alive, with an occasional “I finished something!” post. So, yeah, I’m still alive, and I finished something else. It’s been over a month since I bound off, but it was not until this week that I blocked it. I had to scroll back to find what exactly I’ve been knitting.

So, “Doretta” from “Danish Lace Treasures”. Thread is 44/2 linen from WEBS which I bought eons ago; needles are my beloved 1.5mm Addis. They are bent to perfectly conform to my hand and have much of the coating worn off from use. I don’t even know anymore how long it took to finish this, but for as long as I am in college, pretending to be a speedy knitter would fool nobody.

I did not even attempt to pin out every point on the edging, because with any luck, this doily will be in use on a table somewhere before the weekend is over.

The peculiar phenomena wherein the knitter sees every flaw in the work while most outsiders see only a beautiful piece of knitting has always puzzled me. Only a few utterly obsessed knitophiles are capable of looking at another’s knitting and seeing the same flaws. I have reached the point of shirking of knitting that I now see my knitting as somebody else does. I don’t see most of my flaws anymore. Sometimes I look at my lace and think “wow, I made that?”, not remembering when I used to think that it was simple. This is perhaps one of the benefits of doing a billion other things besides knitting – my old FOs still amuse me.

As for other knitting, I have too many UFOs to list. I started another doily because they fit so nicely in my backpack. I am attempting doily with spiral again, hoping not to turn it into another doilybag. The doilybag is currently in use holding the Alpine Lace Shawl as I slowly work on that. I have reached the point of “oh crap, I actually have to decide what size to make it”… stay tuned to see if I ever answer that question.

Comments (1) July 4, 2008 @ 1:29 am |
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