Kiwassa in progress-a

The Kiwassa shawl became the first victim of my Spring of Lace.

Even though I didn’t find it particularly difficult to photograph the yarn in isolation (Schaefer Yarn Andrea in Greenjeans), I had to do a lot of tweaking on the latest batch of photos. And I can’t even say that I’m unconditionally pleased with what you see here, but so be it. The navy blue background (my couch) probably made things only more difficult. But against a dark background you can make out the stitches perfectly clear, I think. Almost well enough to reverse-engineer the pattern???

The fabric is flying off the needles, just as I suspected. To knit this shawl, I’m using Addi Turbo circs, size US 5. These needles are larger than I would typically choose for lace knitting – grandma’s Crown Prince shawl is being knit on US 2.5 (3.0 mm) needles, in contrast. But I have to follow the pattern precisely for this sample, and larger needles certainly make the knitting go faster :).

The lace repeat is pretty easy to memorize, with each row emerging organically from the one below. All wrong side rows are return rows: half the work, twice the progress! I do keep the chart by my side, however, because I can’t keep track of the way new stitches are incorporated into the sides of the triangle. Not a huge deal.

In addition to Kiwassa and other lacey commitments, something else managed to sneak in and interrupt my lace-only line-up. I simply couldn’t resist the lure of the crocheted potholders swap. The colors! The kitsch! The crochet! It’s really the polar opposite of fine lace knitting, don’t you think? A girl needs a break from fancy laceweight yarns once in a while! Plus, something crocheted was one of my dangerous resolutions. I figure 5 potholders can’t sway me too far off course!

20 thoughts on “Kiwassa in progress-a

  1. Cindy (maxfun)

    I’m knitting Kiwassa, too. I’m using Madeline Tosh Silk Lace in Logwood (a pretty pale lavendar combo). Went down to US4 needles because the fabric was a bit looser than I liked. I’m not making as much progress as you are because I easily get distracted by other knitting. It’s a very pretty pattern, though!

  2. Tabby

    Yes, I do believe crocheted potholders are about as different from knitted lace as you could possibly get. Beautiful lace, btw–I’m working on my first lace shawl (with laceweight yarn, even) right now. Very fun, but requires more concentration than I can usually muster with young’uns around.

  3. Carolyn Mele

    The colours in the lace are fabulous. Addis eh?! A little blunt for you;) I have recently picked up the lace addis…they are not much sharper, but they are light weight.

  4. Patricia

    Just found your blog a little while ago. Love your things especially the Kiwassa in greenjeans.

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