Monday, June 12, 2006

The Amazing Lace Challenge #2: A Lifeline Runs Through It


When I began several months ago to knit Lyra, I dutifully added two lifelines at strategic points. Since Lyra has been neglected for the past few months, she decided to break one of her lifelines, just to cause me worry. I guess sitting in my knitting basket unattended, a youngster will get into trouble.

For those unfamiliar, a lifeline is usually yarn or thread of a different color woven through all the stitches of one row, using a sewing needle. This is best accomplished after completing a plain row in lace knitting - i.e., a purl row. If I were to drop a stitch or make an error, I could rip back to the lifeline and not lose any stitches. I should add another lifeline, but I keep thinking about the Labor Day deadline and how much time it will take out of my knitting schedule.


So, I'm now on Row 134, and I'm knitting without a net. With 1,004 stitches currently on the needle, that's pretty X-treme. From Row 124 to Row 134, I've knit 12,412 stitches. I don't know if I can keep up this pace. Lyra is running me ragged. Her gauge is tiny, at about 11 sts/inch in stockinette, and she's feisty and particular. She wears me out, but I'm thrilled with her progress.

11 comments:

KnitNana said...

Extreme isn't the word for it - running without the net, well, let's just say I'd be terrified! Especially with over 1000 stitches on a row. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

Wow...and I'm contemplating a lifeline in a simple 4-row repeat on 49 stitches! Take some deep pride in your work, that Lyra is gorgeous! I have to find me that pattern!

Melissa said...

Rip out those life lines! Who needs 'em is what I say :) I never use them. Possibly will regret this horribly at some point in the future, but for now, they're too time consuming to insert. Knit without the net! You'll be fine :) And your shawl is breathtaking!!!!!

Julie said...

That is extreme - I feel faint. Lyra is beautiful!

Kathy said...

Holy Cow!! Your work is in and of itself AMAZING!!! Gorgeous!!

Sheri said...

Ooh - that is beautiful! And knitting without the lifelines is definitely extreme! My pulse is racing at the thought of it...

Theresa said...

Love the phrase "knitting without a net." Do tell more.

Rachel said...

Wow, you must be so pleased with how it's coming out -- just lovely!

I know what you mean about not wanting to stop knitting to take the time to put a lifeline in. My fingers are crossed for you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy,

Your "knitability" never ceases to astound me and give me much pleasure. Tempts me to do lace designs just to have you knit them up!

I'm glad you have a blog to share it with us!

Tina (knitwhits)

Carol said...

Your gauge is gorgeous - really shows off the pattern well.

Carol

Deanna said...

I'm new to knitting and I have never heard of a life line. I am knitting a simple lace net pattern and I have dropped a few stitches, now I know how to prevent that. That's awesome! I would never have the nerve to do such an extravigant pattern as the one you are working on. Good luck and DON'T GIVE UP!

Deanna