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Lace Party, the last Sunday in July, 2019, the 28th.
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Jul 27, 2019 22:02:34   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Once again I have cribbed this from Nancy-Lea's opening- I felt a giggle forming- so thought I would allow it to happen!
1. Welcome to the Lace Party! What started as a lace knitting workshop has evolved to a chat between fellow lace knitting lovers. We welcome you to join us. The chat is open to anyone who wants to join in - you can be as active or non-active as you choose. We used to follow a two-week pattern where one person would host; however we have decided to make the schedule more flexible to suit the needs of the hostess and the group. The next hostess will post a link to the new Lace Party (LP) near the end of this thread.

Over the years we have shared our knitting projects, lace and non-lace. We love to see photos of what everyone is knitting - finished and in progress. We also share travel stories, recipes, nature photos, and like any knitting circle, our lives. Some of our followers have even met in person. We also love to see what our online friends are up to (photos are great!).

The above is copied direct the opening for the previous Lace Party- we are getting perilously close to the magical number of 100 pages- goodness knows if the current Admin would step in and split us up, as they did of old- but we don't take that chance.

2. give it a baseline topic: how to get over the nerves and try that fabulous pattern that scares you.
OR: WHATEVER SUITS YOUR TODAY.

3. jump in:

We are now a very small group- but over the years we have formed close bonds.
Always we come back to our love of lace knitting, but our discussion ranges far and wide.

Today I thought I would share the photos I've been taking as I worked, recently, planning on starting a thread on Main. However as our page count crept towards 100, I rethought, and decided to use the photos, here.

I have been involved in a lot of mending of Ganseys recently- the Sea Green Eriskay Gansey, in particular got worn almost constantly the first winter it was complete- I did have options- but I loved this one so, I could hardly bear to swap it! Probably that explains why it is failing!

The Raspberry Crush Eriskay Gansey stretched when I first washed it- which I had not anticipated- it is seriously outsized now! But I love it. Both cuffs have had to be re-worked, because of fraying at the cast off. (the cuffs of the Sea Green Gansey also had to be re-worked, this year)

The Heather Gansey is a reinterpretation of the Scarborough design from Alice Starmore- worked up from a photograph of a child's version. When you've got the maths sorted, this is not as difficult as you might imagine.

There is another in progress - a cotton one in the Filey design. (not photographed, as yet!)

Scarborough and Filey are two seaside towns on the Yorkshire coast- mum used to bicycle out there from York, during her five year training for her Mental Nurse Registration. She trained at the Quaker Retreat in York, before heading back to Bristol to do her Occupational Therapy training. This was her job during WWll, working under an Orthopaedic Surgeon who was a very early Nuffield Scholar after the war- and almost certainly the inventor of the Smiley Screw, which I understand is very helpful in reconstructing bones such as the big toe. (the big toe is rather important for balance).
The wet sunrise, a couple of days ago, Ringo loves to inspect who, and what has been around!
The wet sunrise, a couple of days ago, Ringo loves...
A hole had developed when I last washed this (would you believe it- Sea Green Gansey?!) I have picked up the stitches to experiment with mending it, nearly completed.
A hole had developed when I last washed this (woul...
Earlier in the process of working out how I might mend the hole.
Earlier in the process of working out how I might ...
Not perfect, it is just the first attempt- but when I am wearing the Gansey, not really noticeable!
Not perfect, it is just the first attempt- but whe...
The hole in the sleeve I noticed today- this will be a lot simpler to mend! The colour is better- but too blue!
The hole in the sleeve I noticed today- this will ...
Picking up stitches around the armhole of the Heather Gansey, under construction!
Picking up stitches around the armhole of the Heat...
Mending the cuff of the Crushed Raspberry Gansey.
Mending the cuff of the Crushed Raspberry Gansey....
Ringo, a little later the same morning
Ringo, a little later the same morning...
For good measure- this was in my Facebook feed this morning- Cardigan from Alice Starmore's Virtual Yarns- 'Isobel of Mar'
For good measure- this was in my Facebook feed thi...
Hem detail of the 'Isobel of Mar' design.
Hem detail of the 'Isobel of Mar' design....
 
Jul 27, 2019 22:05:51   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
The last photo- that I wanted to post- but I had too many, and was not prepared to edit any out!!!
Interesting to see the two versions of the design!
Interesting to see the two versions of the design!...
Jul 28, 2019 00:34:26   #
nancylea57
 
Lurker 2 wrote:
The last photo- that I wanted to post- but I had too many, and was not prepared to edit any out!!!


such a scary problem--- damage to a much loved and frequently ancient handiwork; you have done a magnifyyyy mend. congrads.

consider me checked in for the new set.
Jul 28, 2019 00:47:06   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
I hope to have progress photos with either my gutermann thread arriving Monday/Tuesday or some tatting with the remaining high-end thread that was left after my marathon 2 doily-2 week race of stitching!

I like the second doily better but both are the same pattern.

With a mischievous rabbit enabler pointing out more pineapple patterns I had to choose from one of the good brands of thread available (& without a vehicle anymore that is a challenge).

Jul 28, 2019 05:53:27   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
nancylea57 wrote:
such a scary problem--- damage to a much loved and frequently ancient handiwork; you have done a magnifyyyy mend. congrads.

consider me checked in for the new set.


Brilliant to have you back 'on board' Nancylea! Thank goodness I had ordered too much yarn- and have quite a bit on the cones!

It's getting late here (Sunday night) I had a bit of a shock- I love my new mobile- it's as good, in many ways as a computer- but it gave me a warning that I had already used 2 gigs of data- and I still have about 3 weeks to go before my plan rolls over- so I am having to do stuff on the laptop- which brings me through to my uncomfy stool! But must keep to budget!!!!
Jul 28, 2019 05:54:25   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
kaixixang wrote:
I hope to have progress photos with either my gutermann thread arriving Monday/Tuesday or some tatting with the remaining high-end thread that was left after my marathon 2 doily-2 week race of stitching!

I like the second doily better but both are the same pattern.

With a mischievous rabbit enabler pointing out more pineapple patterns I had to choose from one of the good brands of thread available (& without a vehicle anymore that is a challenge).

I hope to have progress photos with either my gute... (show quote)


It is amazing, sometimes the variations caused by a change of yarn or needle size!
 
Jul 28, 2019 06:26:49   #
martina (a regular here)
 
Great mending there Julie. Not a lot of people would know where to start with that.
Jul 28, 2019 06:28:43   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
martina wrote:
Great mending there Julie. Not a lot of people would know where to start with that.


Thanks Mary- I've never seen it done like that- just putting the knowledge I've gained from my Gansey work, to use!!!!
Jul 28, 2019 06:31:27   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
In checking back through my photos, earlier this evening, apparently I've been working the Heather Gansey around two years- it's come and gone from highest priority, for various other more pressing tasks!!!!
Jul 28, 2019 06:42:22   #
Vickie P (a regular here)
 
martina wrote:
Great mending there Julie. Not a lot of people would know where to start with that.


Jul 28, 2019 07:58:43   #
Belle1
 
Julie -- the mends look great and will never be noticed unless the person is "inspecting" for some variation. I love things that are serviceable. They are like old friends and the more you invest in them, the more comfort and happiness they share with you. I'm glad you haven't adopted the current attitude of "tossing out" something that needs a bit of upkeep. Beautiful work that will continue to give you years of joy.
 
Jul 28, 2019 08:29:20   #
Babalou (a regular here)
 
You are a master at mending, Julie. One can’t even tell where you mended. Thanks for the pictures of sweet Ringo.

I didn’t comment in the last thread but your Neibling is outstanding NancyLea.
Jul 28, 2019 09:28:07   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
Lurker 2 wrote:
It is amazing, sometimes the variations caused by a change of yarn or needle size!


No kidding! 10,20,30 (& possibly finer) thread

Boye hooks 9 down one size for each smaller size thread

1/2 inch difference for each ‘repeat’ of the same pineapple square. I REALLY should repeat this activity so that everyone can see the photo-graphic changes!
Jul 28, 2019 09:55:40   #
Sorlenna (a regular here)
 
Beautiful Gansey work, with very smooth repair. I've not worn mine much as we had a very mild winter but good to see it can be done if need be. And of course, I always love seeing Ringo!

I'd love to see more of your work, Karen.

I'm pretty sure that my shawl needs frogging and another restart...third time's the charm?! Heh.
Jul 28, 2019 11:31:24   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
Here’s a rabbit hole to explore!: http://lacis.com/catalog/

EVERY possible ply/brand of cotton/linen/silk (etc?) I would like to buy!

Some of the costs are high, but you would be buying SEVERAL thousand yards of thread for the USD amounts nearing $100! Certainly you wouldn’t have to have more than a bi-yearly purchase!!!


I can wait a little while I am stitching up the Gutermann thread project(s). I should have remembered this site since I found my (equivalent) #15 and #16 Lacis crochet hooks!!!
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