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Thanks for the nice feedback on the dyeing entry, guys - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

(A bit of administrivia - I usually reply by email to every comment with an address, but my mail has been acting wonky for a couple days now, trashing some auto notices and marking others as junk. I'll get it straightened out soon.)

On to knitting - what do you think?

I scrapped the idea for the English lace edging, and instead went with this slightly elaborated version of the central pattern. I can't decide if I like it or hate it - there's only the slightest of inner borders, one YO row and three plain, because the math for the edging worked out perfectly that way, and I have some persnickety issues with the edging itself (like, the center was painstakingly grafted to make the "waves" run in specific directions, but the edging will be continuous; and the relative size of the edging and center waves sort of bothers me).

This is an interesting process - I was really, deeply invested in picking out the perfect edging for this lace, not least because I'd complained so heartily before about incoherent patterns. It would have helped to have had more resources my disposal (the outrageously priced, wont-pay-that-on-principle Heirloom Knitting remains an object of secret deep-seated lust), but I think the real reason for my angst was (as usual!) a lack of planning before I started. Did I want a modern, simple rectangle? I should have worked a garter stitch border in one piece with the center. Did I want a shawl worked in the traditional Shetland method? I really should have picked all the motifs and done the math before I started. As it was, there were a lot of moments where I had to just shrug and go with something.

Still, the organic process here was, at the least, pretty absorbing. Pick up stitches! Choose an edging! Will they work together? Only long division will tell! Go ahead, do it, I dare you!

Who says knitting isn't an Xtreme sport? We should have our own Mountain Dew commercial.

On another note:

Remember these? Would it be unforgivably tacky of me to stick the three of them in one box addressed to my mom, grandmother and aunt? We'll all be together on Christmas, and I have absolutely no desire to go through the inevitable gift-autopsy (you know...how much care/time/effort/money went into this? How much went into yours?) that will happen if I assign shawls to women. Better to let the three of them puzzle it out - the post-mortem will go on as usual, but I thankfully won't be a part of it. Opinions?

Comments

Love the edging! I understand your concerns about the edging waves always running in the same direction, and their relative size... however, I think this is a winner right here. I really like the way it curves around the corner. You're a genius to have figured it out. As for gifting those shawls, it could be a very interesting experiment to let those three dole them out themselves! Maybe it's worth a try ;).

i love the edging! i think it's a great touch -- i really like the little eyelet ribbon that you put between the center panel and the edging.

as for the shawl question -- only you can know for sure. but, i'll throw something out there for consideration. do you think if they're given the 3 shawls and asked to choose, that they might feel like it wasn't as personal -- as in eunny made this shawl just for me.

just a thought. families are so hard. christmas shouldn't be that way but sometimes it's inevitable -- i wish you luck in sorting it all out! and really, all three are so lovely. they're wonderful gifts. i hope you get to enjoy the pleasure of giving them!

I love the edging on that scarf. Have you ever considered writing up a pattern for it? Perhaps selling it? I'm just in love with it would love to make one. I guess I'm part of the Eunny Jang fan club!

Your knitting pictures are stunning. I'm jealous. :)

After probably thinking about it and staring at it for so long, I can understand why you would feel a slight apathy. BUT, I think you came up with a wonderful solution. It looks lovely.

As for the giving of the gifts, I say you give each one their own and if they want to trade fine but at least you made each one thinking about the specific recipient. They are all gorgeous and intricate so I can't imagine someone feeling slighted.

Love the edging! I think the shawls are beautiful! Im not giving my Mom her Jaywalker socks, as I didnt finish my Grandmothers knitted gift. I understand the "even" thing.I bought my Mom a book on felting and bought her 20 balls of wool instead.

What a lovely lace pattern and edging - I think they go together beautifully!

As for the three lace shawls and their very lucky recipients, may I suggest a sort of drawing-the-numbers game of chance? Perhaps they can cut cards, and the highest card gets to choose first, and so on. That may avoid any hurt feelings, since it's all in the cards.

Beautiful work, nice blog.

I don't know enough about lace to be able to comment intelligently about it, but I will say that I love the way it looks despite what you say about it :)

As for the shawl question- you know your ladies the best. I don't know what would offend or delight them, but here's my unasked for two cents:

If I had made the three shawls without designating which one would go to which recipient from the beginning, I would go ahead and send them in one box to all three of them along with a note explaining why I'd done that. Good luck, and happy holidays :)

The edging is lovely. I think you did a great job.

As for the shawls, I am with Yahaira. Because each shawl was made with someone specific in mind, I think it should go to that person. Perhaps put them all in one box and then have little tags on the shawls with their names on them? Let them know they are free to trade, but that each one was made especially for each person.

Love, love, love the edging! I would definitely go with it, because it looks fabulous!!!

I have no suggestion for the shawls. Just the thought of making the same shawl three times gives me a migraine :)

I like the edging a lot. I think it flows nicely.

I like the idea of putting them in one box and making it clear that, although you made each with a specific person in mind (you did, right? I'm tired and somewhat tipsy, so I may be misremembering), you won't be hurt if they choose to trade.

I think the edging looks great. As for the gifts, I also agree with Yahaira. I think you should try to give each of them their own and let them swap if they want to. Otherwise if you lump them in the box, they might not feel as special since one one was consider in particular for each shawl.

What if two of the shawl recipients want the same one? I'd wrap each up and give separately. They are all gorgeous shawls; its not like one person is getting mittens :-)

The shawls are all so beautiful, but I agree with most of the comments: I think it's better that you pick the recipients and tell them it's okay to trade. It's hard to imagine anyone being unhappy with such gorgeous gifts, anyway.

I have to add that I think Heirloom Knitting is wonderful, and I don't think it's overpriced for what it is: a labor of incredible skill. On Amazon, it's about $32, around what you'd pay for two books of standard scarf and sweater patterns that combined consist of far less work, and probably less than what you'd need to invest in yarn for most projects. While it is an investment, I think talented designers like Sharon Miller are right to try to make a respectable living doing their work.

Stepping off my soapbox and going back to quietly lurking.

I love the edging... all those beautiful lacy shawls... after struggling all weekend with my first one, you're my hero! I plug on...

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