So excited I'm going to explode!

So my best friend told me this week that she’s getting married!  Congrats lovey!  And I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of days…. I love her so much and I really wanted to make her something phenomenal for her wedding.  Something heirloom quality, something lace.

I’ve got a while because she’s not getting married until July, but I’ve pretty much settled on a shawl… maybe a square shawl as I’d like her to be able to wrap her babies in it, or use it for that sort of thing.  Other important family things…. so I’m open for recommendations as to pattern (she’s like me and likes simple classic things, nothing too flashy) and if you’ve got a favorite really nice cobweb weight yarn that would have good drape (I’m looking for stuff about 7000 yards per pound right now) I’d appreciate the recommendations.  I’ve got my eye on some white cashmere.  If I need to design it, I’d also like people’s reviews for books like Sharon Miller’s Heirloom Knitting.  Anybody got any thoughts?

M

Comments 17

  1. Tabitha wrote:

    Congratulations to your friend! I don’t have any suggestions on a pattern, but I do think that the cashmere would be lovely:) You should design the shawl yourself for sure – she will be a lucky girl indeed. Good luck with it!

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 1:46 PM
  2. Heather wrote:

    The Heirloom Knitting book is fantastic. Some of it is well over my head, but I think that somebody like you would find it a great resource. There are a ton of stitch patterns, and some great discussions on construction and design elements.

    Plus, my copy came with a ‘best wishes for happy knitting’ note tucked in it by Sharon. 🙂

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 2:24 PM
  3. Janice in GA wrote:

    Heirloom Knitting is THE reference book if you’re interested in Shetland Lace. It has tons of info, large, readable charts, stitch patterns and project patterns. It’s expensive, but worth it. Highly recommended.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 5:10 PM
  4. jacqueline wrote:

    as well as heirloom knitting being a good reference book, sharon miller sells cobweb weight yarn on her site. i know she is very helpful when people have emailed her (not that i have done so myself), so maybe give that a go.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 5:15 PM
  5. Monica wrote:

    major congrats to your friend!! The Heirloom Knitting book is awesome!! tons of different lace patterns to flip thru, tons of borders, all waiting to be sifted together to make an amazing shawl.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 5:59 PM
  6. Lucinda wrote:

    A square shawl that can be used at Christenings too is a WONDERFUL idea! I’m sure that anything you design for her will be amazing & much appreciated.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 6:13 PM
  7. susan wrote:

    Heirloom Knitting is the best book I own. No other knitting book compares. NPJ has a copy if you want to flip through before you buy it. But, seriously, it’s spectacular. No preview is necessary.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 6:22 PM
  8. TIna-Ladydove wrote:

    What a lucky ducky! It will be so pretty and I love the idea of wrapping it in future babies.

    Hey, you remember that ‘april fools’ joke we were playing? Yeah. Well. April fools on me! lol lol.

    T.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 6:32 PM
  9. Beth wrote:

    Heirloom knitting is a great book but you might want to go with something a little smaller and just try one of her patterns. They are all photographed beautifully on the heirloom knitting website.
    Also http://www.skaska.com has some beutiful cobweb weight yarn. I just used the Angora Rabbit/silk blend for a shawl. It is lovely and wonderful and almost weightless.
    Just my thoughts.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 8:35 PM
  10. --Deb wrote:

    That’s great news for your friend! And yes, the Heirloom Knits book is fabulous–but you should definitely consider designing something yourself. Heaven knows you’re good at it!

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 8:35 PM
  11. kate wrote:

    you sure she wouldn’t want a toilet paper cover? (sorry I haven’t slept much. I’m probably the only one who thinks I’m funny right now) I have some of the heirloom knitting patterns, but not the book. I haven’t knit anything from them yet, but I’ve been messing around with a few of the patterns and so far have found them well done.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 8:59 PM
  12. Opal wrote:

    Heirloom Knitting is well worth the money. It has everything you need to design an heirloom Shetland lace shawl. Her charts are the best I’ve ever seen too. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking to design your own square shawl.

    Posted 05 Nov 2006 at 9:04 PM
  13. connie wrote:

    It’s not that simple, but I love the shetland sampler stole by hazel carter in A Gathering of Lace. On the simple end of things, there’s a nice “woven” effect stole in the Morehouse Merino book. I’m using it to make a stole in Handmaiden’s Sea silk.

    Posted 06 Nov 2006 at 12:04 AM
  14. Ginny wrote:

    I’m using some colourmartuk laceweight (not cobweb) in a pink, and am very pleased with it. It is pretty strong for a single – no fractures even in those k3togs… and i have washed my swatch and it feels fabulous!

    Having said that, I’m sure the Heirloom stuff would be lovely… and I encourage you to put something together yourself, just for her, with special meanings etc. Though I love the Shetland baby blanket/shawl (they say depends how big the border is in relation to the centre) in “Shawls and Scarves: The Best of “Knitter’s Magazine”” – it has a lovely centre panel of something like honeybee or – can’t remember, will chekc at home, and could scan in a pic if you’d like. Let me know if so.

    Posted 06 Nov 2006 at 6:28 AM
  15. Margaret wrote:

    I completely agree with all the comments about Heirloom Knitting – it’s a great reference book on Shetland lace. I have a couple of her patterns as well and they are very, very thorough. Just took a class with Galina Khmeleva at Stitches last week and will also recommend her Gossamer Webs as a similar reference on Orenburg lace shawls. The book and her laceweight/cobweb yarns are at the skaska site posted earlier. I bought some beautiful, very fine merino tencel cobweb weight from her booth that is absolutely lovely.

    Posted 06 Nov 2006 at 9:02 AM
  16. Imbrium wrote:

    Skaska was my first thought for the yarn – such beautiful stuff.

    Congratulations to your friend!

    Posted 06 Nov 2006 at 10:50 AM
  17. westlin wrote:

    Nametwin! you’re the sweetest person ever! you make me want to cry with your niceness.

    Posted 06 Nov 2006 at 10:53 AM

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