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October 01, 2006



Thanks for that post Ted. I like your decreases very much better than the original ones.

As for getting the colour to come out right in digital photos, I have the same problem. Reds seem to be the most difficult of all. I have found it very helpful to use Photoshop to adjust the RGB channels separately (Image, Adjustments,Levels... or Image,Admustments, Channel Mixer...).


The finished piece is beautiful. I find that color is really hard to capture accurately, no matter what color it is. Or maybe that is just my crappy digi camera...


Good luck with your socks! I knit a pair last spring as a challenge - I followed a pattern w/ no help from anyone... it was amazing! I felt so accomplished. Don't get frustrated... see it through and you will feel great!


Gorgeous!!!! I totally agree with you that I don't like overdyeds with lace... usually. I must say, my 2 swallowtails with overdyeds are just wonderful (even if I say so myself :)). You can see them on my blog if you search a bit in the FO category!

cheers Eva

Lee Ann

It's stunning. Superb job, Ted, and Carol too.


I agree entirely about lace and many-coloured yarns, but there are occasional exceptions and I think I now understand better about what they might be: one is that stocking stitch lace works better with more than one colour, and I think also that if there are lacy bits and more solid bits, that works better to because you can see the colours in the solid bits and not try so hard to see them in the lacy bits.
The painter Raoul Dufy said that the reason he used colours in splashes rather than fitting them inside the shapes he painted, such as dresses and flags, was that the eye doesn't see form and colour simultaneously, and I think this might help explain why we get confused looking at lacy colours. Your shawl works (and works beautifully) beause you have solid diamonds where we can see the colours, and because the colours are in quite a narrow range - and very well designed.


Your shawl is really lovely and made best advantage of the differences in color of the yarn. I have to admit to having a fondness for loud yarn myself. It doesn't give good definition of the lace pattern as you have observed, but I don't actually always care about that to be truthful, not if the piece is for me. If it's for someone else, I pay more attention to having the pattern stand-out:-)


Um, I hope you'll show it to more than just Carol.

Janice in GA

Wow, I really like your version of the decreases better than the original! I hope I can remember to think like you do as I knit lace stuff. But I think I'm born to be a blind follower. :(


The shawl looks wonderful. A very nice combination of color with the pattern. Thanks for showing the difference in the decreases too. It really makes the pattern.

While thinking about what design to do with laceweight handdyed yarns, I've found that you're having to deal with directional patterns with the yarn (depending on how it was dyed). It's like combining textured stitches with a textured yarn. The multiple colors of some yarns act as a texture that doesn't go well with some laces. The yarn's monochrome palette works well in the Dice Shawl because it's not two textures clashing with each other.


Oh, my, Ted! You are too obsessive about teeny little details such as the way the stitch lies and leans on a decrease!!

Well, okay, so I noticed that too, and I like the way you made a study of this and have found the perfect solution to this problem. Good work!! It's as it should be.

Oh, by the way, hope you had a really great day!!! (You know what I mean)


I forgot to say that it is almost impossible to get a good picture with red. And some other colours too. Then comes the problem of the way colours show up on our monitors... oh, it's a big mess! Whatever happened to the old-fashioned things they used to have called "photographs"?


ok, that's just freakin' beautiful: the color and the lace pattern. I'm blown away, really. I have shared your opinion on the difficulty of using richly variegated color for lace work but Ted's Reds really do disprove it. Now I'm wondering how I can get some Kathy Jean's Greens or something...

Danny Ouellette

Wonderfull colours and great knitting Ted! Thanks for sharing those decreases. I'll have to try that first one out in the future. Very cool!


Just beautiful!


The yarn shows off the lace and the lace shows off the yarn. Gold star, blue ribbon, big kiss.

And your attention to detail is mind-blowing. It raises the bar.


Ted -

I knit that shawl a couple of years ago for my mom who had just had a stroke. It was my very first major lace project and I knit it in the karabella mohair called for in the pattern - a hot fuschia color. Let me assure you, ripping back in the mohair waas *not* fun. The shawl became the story of my mom's recovery from that stroke because I swear, we were in sync - for each three strides forward, there were at least 2 strides back. And it took me until about 3/4 the way through the shawl before it was encoded in my DNA and I didn't need to look at the chart each step of the way (also my first time knitting from a chart).

But mom and I persevered - I finished the shawl and she can walk again.

Thanks for posting the mechanics and your amendments. You're correct, you don't notice the decreases as much in the mohair, but you do notice as you are knitting and blocking. If I ever knit it again, I will use your suggestions.


Very nice shawl, Ted.

Camera tricks - always use natural light. If you can get a semi-sheer white curtain in front of the window source of natural light, even better (diffuses it somewhat). I'm experimenting with "bounce" lately (http://stilllifewith.com/2006/09/16/bounce-basics/).

My Nikon has a setting for "cloudy" (and "incandescent" and "fluorescent"), and all capture colors differently. I bracket shots by taking at least 3 different exposures. I got this advice from Felicia at SweetGeorgia.


Between you, Joe and Marilyn, I've had no choice but to take up lace knitting. As a size-7-needle-and-up knitter, this is a whole new way of knitting. And it only took about 50 years!!!

Thanks, Ted. See you in Rhinebeck.


It's striking the difference in decreases, and while I don't think it would make a significant impact on the overall shawl, the closeups certainly make a significant difference.

I also think that you're original premise about high-contrast variegated yarns not being good for knitted lace is still valid. Ted's Red doesn't have a significant amount of contrast. As I use Carol's laceweight in my current project, it works well specifically due to the lack of contrast.


I've been experimenting with lace stitches, though I haven't made a lace "item" yet. Lace stitches are subtle. Very slight differences add up to significantly different results, which may not be noticed consciously but can produce an unconscious response. I really like the changes you made.

Barb Brown

Happy Thanksgiving Ted!
Barb B.


Looks lovely!

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