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Lace hat vs. rose city rollers socks part 2… kind of hibernating now but at least all the complicated bits are over! Note to self: buy a set of circular needles just for knitting sock weight hats. This pattern is lovely but not particularly suited to dpns and I don’t like magic loop 🤷🏼‍♀️you know you’re a knitter when you have opinions on every detail, right? 😂😅

Finished testing of @tetianaotruta’s gorgeous new “Aloisa” shawl design, using @brooklyntweed‘s Loft yarn. In “Snowbound” colour, it’s a rich and warm texture, which will be perfectly cozy for winter. I’m in love with this pattern.  ~ Lana

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Here is a video I took of me blocking my latest lace shawl! Blocking is the process of pinning out a knit item to give it a specific shape… Much like wet human hair, wet wool (i.e. sheep hair) can be stretched into a shape while it’s still damp, and it will retain that shape once dry. This process is essential for lace knitting because it stretches the work out, showing off all the intricate patterns. The original video is almost exactly one hour, and I’ve sped it up to one minute. The GoPro is very easy to use and I love the result! Thanks @lolnickfox for letting me try it out!

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From humble beginnings.. each of these photos is of a different start of this beautiful Estonian inspired lace doily, Tulipe. It starts with 6 stitches and moves outwards, it has triple yarn overs, nupps (tiny little bobbles), and a crochet bind-off.. all of which were completely new to me. My fingers are ache-y and I’ve used almost every pin I own to block this - but the pattern is labeled as being for intermediate knitters, so I’m officially going to stop calling myself a newbie. :)))