Sunday, February 14, 2010

oh hai thar.

Oh my gosh, finally! Blame grad school for the long blog silence here at OCK. I've been writing Matlab code and studying op-amps (OH MY GOD OP AMPS) instead of photographing or writing about my projects. I have been knitting, though! In fact, I would say I've been knitting a LOT, but spread out between so many projects that it's hard to blog. No, the Viper Socks still aren't done. Stained glass scarf's not done. I lost the pattern for the Embossed Leaves socks.... But look over here!


Hello Aeolian shawl! This is my project for the Adventures in Lace KAL. I started on February 2 and am definitely not as far along as some KALers are with their projects, grumblemumblegripemoancomplain, but oh well. I finally got past the start-up chart this weekend and just finished the first rep of the Yucca chart. This is definitely a challenge for me - every row takes a lot of concentration and I messed up a lot in the beginning. And I'm experiencing what I guess a lot of first-time lace-weight lace knitters do...the terror of looking at this thing that's taking so much work and is looking more or less like purple ramen. How beautiful...?! I can't wait for the magic of blocking, although I don't know how I'm going to keep Wash away during that process. Hmm.


So I'm a little undecided about the beads. They're kind of fun to work with but they look a lot more BLUE in context than they did in the store. If I had a magic wand I would turn them all silver, but I don't exactly want to rip out what I have now...are they too much, colorwise? What do you think?

And here's a little meta-blogging for you. Behind the scenes at OCK: how I got decently-lit photos of a dark, scrunched-up shawl on a cloudy day:

meta blogging

He's so handy. Thanks dear =P Happy Valentine's Day!

While I had Jim enlisted as Chief Yarn Photographer this morning I dug out an older lace project, too.


This is Wisp, in some kind of mohair thing I bought a few years ago in NYC. This is one of the hardest projects I've ever had to photograph - the fuzz is so dense that the only way to go was to hold it up to the window. Again, I think the finished object will benefit a lot from blocking - the sides are kind of wobbly right now. I don't know when I started this (apparently Ravelry doesn't automatically track when you posted a project), but I think it was sometime last summer, yikes! I'd like to finish this soon. The bright pink/wine color is such a nice break from winter greys.

In conclusion, yay for lace progress and finally blogging about it! Now if you'll excuse me, I have an exam to study for. Frequency behavior of folded cascode op-amps, here I come!


Jenny said...

The Aeolian looks great so far, I love your colour choice! But I have to warn you about the beads: If yoiu are not happy with them now, you might not like the shawl when it's done, because there are a LOT of beads in it! I did the medium size of the shawl, and I must have used at least 1500 beads in total. So they will be very noticable. I myself liked the combo of your yarn and your beads, but if you feel uncertain, I would almost recommend frogging and restarting. I know, it sucks to do that, but it would be a shame if you weren't pleased with the finished shawl. And it's such a lovely pattern too!

Good luck!

/ Jenny

Kate said...

I love the color of the beads! But like Jenny said, if you aren't happy with them now you should just frog it. Beads are a pain in the ass! It sucks to frog, but it's worse to have a project that you're unhappy with.

Also, I love the picture of your man taking a picture of the lace. It shows that he supports your craft, and that's always a good thing! Happy Valentine's day!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful lace all around! I did wisp a while ago as well and it does bloom beautifully after blocking, so don't worry about that. :)

As for the beads in your Aeolian, I'm with everyone else... if you don't like it you should rip it back because they are very noticeable when looking at other Aeolians!

Good luck with your exam!

goldenbird said...

I like those blue beads. It was fun to see a behind-the-scenes look at how the photos were taken. Both lace projects are gorgeous. I'm almost afraid to ask ... what is op-amps?

Kate said...

haha, @goldenbird, op-amps ("operational amplifiers") are electronic amplifiers that are incredibly useful, and used in everything, but really fiddly and time-consuming to study.