Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Successful Lace Knitting

Today I'm participating in Donna Druchunas's blog tour to give you a sneak peek of her new book, Successful Lace Knitting, which includes one of my designs, and to let you know about some other exciting things Donna will be doing in 2010. Enjoy!

Dorothy Reade was an expert knitter, spinner, and designer who was a publishing knitting patterns at the same time as Barbara Walker, Elizabeth Zimmerman, and Mary Walker Phillips. In fact, some of her original lace stitches are included in Barbara Walker's Treasuries.

Anyone who knows me or my knitting knows that I love lace - but the dirty little secret is that I used to HATE lace. I couldn't do it, couldn't make sense of the written patterns, and sort of gave up on lace. Then I saw a book about lace charts by Susannah Lewis, and I was in love.

Dorothy Reade was charting lace patterns long before they were part of the mainstream. Folks who appreciate lace knitting owe her a great deal for her furtherance and refining of the craft.

The focus of Donna's book are the charts that Dorothy worked up, interpreted by many designers in various ways. My own design in the book is based on a floral Lace chart. I took the motif and refined it further into a colorwork pattern, then blended the two into a soft & warm, easy to wear Wimple.

I chose Artyarns Silk Rhapsody because I knew it would work well with both the lace portions of the wimple and the colorwork areas, too. The mohair is a lovely choice for the lace portions, and the silk/mohair blend 'fills in' very nicely to create a rich colorwork fabric at either edge of the finished piece, and to give the piece weight to frame the face and neckline.

I'm SO looking forward to seeing all of the other projects in the book - it looks fascinating!
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Anonymous Paula said...

Thanks Annie

January 13, 2010 7:15 AM  
Blogger L'Tanya said...

The blend of colorwork and lace is stunning.

January 13, 2010 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous wimple--I can't wait to see the other lace projects as well. Thank you for introducing the book--am always looking for a new resource.

January 13, 2010 5:03 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

The wimple is so pretty. Love it!

January 13, 2010 5:41 PM  
Blogger grammynan said...

Oh, Annie, what a gorgeous piece of knitting!

January 14, 2010 6:54 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

It would be a hoot to have you and Donna in the same room - you are both so funny. And then we'd all knit fabulous things.

January 14, 2010 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Annie - Love your lace design. It is just stunning, and quite unique. I will definitely buy the book when it comes out.

January 16, 2010 4:17 AM  
Anonymous KT said...

Annie, I just love the way you have with "mixing media" - colorwork with lace? brilliantly blended, as usual.

January 20, 2010 12:20 AM  
Blogger kewpiedoll99 said...

I just started investigating charts for the Barbara Walker stitch books (the uncharted ones, I mean). Has anybody charted any stitches from her books? I also just posted on the subject, in case anybody else is interested:

January 20, 2010 5:25 PM  
Blogger Anni said...

Gorgeous design and i'm looking forward to seeing this book.

January 21, 2010 12:16 AM  

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