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  • “A constant, graceful kind of intelligence” … love it, wish I’d written it, totally agree.

  • KSH is very much its own. Wonderful results, but a pain to work with.
    Any idea what to do with Kiri the 1st? You could begin undoing it as a project of its own. Then again is it worth the time?

  • Too funny. I can’t help you with the KSH. I gave up on it long ago.
    But Kiri I will be perfect for the High Holidays! I loved getting all my new clothes – it’s the best time for feeling that much older and that much more grown up. Carrie will be beautiful in it – it’s so synagogue!

  • Yes, yes, yes. As one who feels she was recently a young girl who resisted girlish dress, I can’t describe how thrilled Carrie is to have this foisted on her. I was against girlish dress to the core, but was also deeply desirious of those few items of girlishness that I did love OH SO MUCH. And the whole make it all again without tearing out the first one is exactly what I do when I do that. I once made 3 almost-right hats before I was finally happy with the 4th and ripped the almosts back into balls.
    Yes, I dig the understanding of each leaf as leaf. You are not alone. You have embraced the knitting brain.
    And, just to inspire jealousy: my most treasured wedding gift is a bobbin lace doily that a friend made. I saw it in progress and took a photo of it and it was mind-boggling. She started it the year me and the eventual Mr. met, and finished it for our wedding, which was a five-year span (I always liked him, I just needed convincing that marriage was necessary). Five years, five kazillion crossed threads, and it is stunningly gorgeous.

  • I’ve stroked the lovely KSH in shops many times, but usually slowly withdraw my hand because of the horror stories. Now that I see it can be tamed with a constant, graceful kind of intelligence, I may give it a whirl.

  • That wasn’t weird at all – very interesting! Good luck with the edging 🙂

  • I have some mangled balled up mohair lace weight (Jo Sharp, not KSH) that has been unknit several times. It looks pretty awful now. I just do not have the attention span required for knitting lace shawls, especially not MOHAIR lace shawls. Which of course makes me want to even more. I am mightily impressed by your perseverance.

  • Coming out of lurkerville —
    I’ve been surfing the net some and ran across something called — rowan kidsilk night — described on jimmybeanswool.com as follows:
    Kidsilk Night yarn has sparkle! If you’ve always loved Kidsilk Haze, but wanted something with some glitter, you’ve found the perfect yarn! New Yarn and available Aug/Sept.
    I’m intrigued — imagine Kiri with a little sparkle — worn for that special holiday party.
    Has anyone seen it?

  • Wow Laura–It sounds like the marriage of Kidsilk Haze and Lurex Shimmer. I always liked the Lurex Shimmer but I’m not too sparkly. Or rather, all my sparkle is from heat and humidity. Check out the Rowan website and see what they’ve got on it. xoxo Kay

  • It’s beautiful. You’re beautiful. Carrie will be beautifuller in it, and will remember it and you forever.
    Estonian shawl? Check for errata.
    Last year was the poncho. This year, lace. Who’da thunk?

  • That’s it exactly ! Knit each leaf. Both Kiris are so very beautiful. Carrie will love her’s,which makes it worth the effort.
    I will e-mail you. When I finish my Kiri !

  • amen, sister. i’ll be a witness.

  • Kiri is gorgeous! And it will be beautiful for the High Holidays, as around here (Cincinnati) you can never quite tell what the weather is going to be like! You’ve definitely inspired me.

  • aw hell i’m sorry I ever suggested the ksh. so glad carrie’s going to be properly raimented for the high holy days. dress your fambly in mohair and girliness . . . xoxox

  • I understand completely. I started over three times on a recent project without ripping back. It wasn’t until I finished it and got it right that I was ready to rip out the two other offending pieces. Kind of feels like a safety net…

  • Kiri sails once you really focus on each leaf as you make them up. Beautifully done, even with the evil KSH!

  • Lovely, lovely, lovely. I am inspired by your beautiful creation. I firmly resolve to pick up my own exiled KSH Kiri and finish it. But first I must finish the Flower Basket Shawl (knit out of a sensible yarn) intended to be a going-off-to-college gift for my son’s girlfriend. And this may seem like a “well, duh” moment to you, but with only a chart and no verbal instructions, this shawl is easy. The chart is actually making it easy to visualize and knit each separate flower basket. All those WORDS! Definitely, that’s the problem! I’ll be sticking with the Kiri chart from now on. I’ll send you its portrait when it’s done.

  • A new breed of KSH? This is something! Something DANGEROUS. (And something to remember — resist end of summer sales to save a little room in the groaning stash for fall yarns.)
    Love the post (but I think the PS is probably the best part) and yes, the leaf approach is the way to go. Miles of cashmere leaves for the wrap for my son’s therapist — and I loved every leaf because my fingers knew what to do. Watch hockey and knit leaves? Sure. No problem.

  • Ah yes, I know the mental shift of which you speak. I achieved it while knitting Kiri on an airplane, somewhere around hour #14 (NY to HK direct…) I think the sleep deprivation jump started the process a bit.
    I think you should win an award for knitting two KSH Kiris when you only needed one. Just saying…

  • Yay for las Kiris! I’m ready to hit row 23 and as I’ve never done lace, I’ll take Gale’s advice and try to figger out putting in a lifeline. The blue KSH is (to use my girlie’s favorite word) AWESOME. I am using a thin double-ply natural colored handspun that I bought from a spinner in the sheep building at the Maricopa County Fair. Will return often to gaze at your work for inspiration. Love your blog!

  • Boy Kay for someone who resisted the lure of the KSH for so long you’ve certainly gotten your chops now! And how serendipitious for your lil miss, she’ll be stunning for the New Year, mazeltov!! 🙂

  • You are TOTALLY a bad-ass knitter!

  • Amen to the ribbon in the eyelet. And woo-hoo on the 2 Kiri triumph. I know the Kiri is a tricky & sly one, by focussing on the 2nd, the 1st got jealous and healed herself, just to get your attention back.

  • There is not only one new breed of KSH this fall, but two:
    Kid Silk Night (with a gentle sparkle added in) as well as Kid Silk Spray (which will be softly variegated). Oh, and a bunch of new colours of the regular KSH. Very exciting shade cards, I must say!

  • The ribbon trim through eyelets is perfect so that the nearly weightless shawl does not fall from the shoulders of the child and become trampled upon during the inevitable post-religious ceremonial scamper. OK, I’m Episcopalian and maybe they do things differently in a synagogue, but I’ve never been in church with a child who didn’t break into a mad dash upon entering the hall.
    And you are weird, but that’s why we like you. We’re weird the same way.