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All Things Lace

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ifimust

All Things Lace

7 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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A place for lace

I've always been involved with crafts; over the last few years, I've come to knit more and more lace.

There are only so many lace shawls one can legitimately use for oneself, or give to family members; I see this shop as a means of enabling me to knit lovely things, have them go to good homes, and give me more space for wool!

Everything I make comes from a non-smoking home. However, everything I make has also been given a rigorous quality control check by the resident manager, shown to the left; while everything in the shop has been washed (and blocked, if appropriate), everything has been exposed to a cat in the process of making.

If you are interested in how these things come to be made, do have a look at my blog; there's a link just there to the right!

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  • Ifimust

    Owner

    I've been knitting most of my life; in the last few years, I've moved away from the mittens and school jumpers that occupied my time when the children were small, to knitting lace or things-like-lace.

  • Seven

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    Resident quality control manager

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Last updated on August 4, 2012
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Additional policies and FAQs
These are answers to some questions I’ve been asked….

1. Why do you do this? Knitting lace, I mean?

Simple – I enjoy it. I enjoy the repetitive feeling of the knitting, the challenge of creating something from a skein of wool, and seeing the beautiful things that can be made.

2. Why sell things, then?

Again – simple, it’s because there are only so many scarves, shawls and other things that one woman can use. And only so many times you can give these things to relatives before “Oh, my, how lovely!” becomes, “Oh, yes. Lovely. Another shawl. Um, thanks…”

3. Why not knit for charity? Or donate the knitted things to charity?

I do. Both. And I donate regularly to various charities. It’s not a dichotomy.

4. I’ve found a great pattern – can you knit it up for me?

CAN I? Quite possibly. WILL I? Almost certainly not. Not because I don’t want to but because most pattern designers retain copyright on their designs. Sometimes – and it’s fairly rare, in my experience – new patterns will have a disclaimer on them saying that they can be used for whatever purpose anyone chooses. Most of the time, though, the designer retains copyright over the use of her work. I will honour that, wherever I can. So, unless the pattern designer has agreed, no, I probably can’t make it for you, at least not for sale.

5. Look, we’ve been trying to get out from under the patriarchal boot for generations. Aren’t you just contributing to the idea that women should stay at home and knit??

I would be, if:
**I was doing this in response to someone – preferably the eldest male in my clan – telling me I had to do it. I’m not. The eldest male in my clan would be my father’s brother, and I’ve had no contact with him since I was about 16. (No great falling out, we’re just not a close family). My husband thinks my knitting is very nice and at times very good, but we don’t spend grand hours talking about it and he doesn’t often insist I do anything, other than perhaps get out of the way of a speeding car…
**I was doing this because I felt I should do it, as a woman. I don’t. I feel I should do this because I want to do it.
**I was staying inside the house to knit. I’m a great proponent of Knitting in Public. I knit on buses, trains, in meetings (if I can get away with it), in classrooms, in cars, in anywhere I have to wait for someone…
**It were not my choice. It IS my choice. From my point of view, feminism is a part of a much larger movement toward justice for all (and probably equality but to me, justice is more important and no they are not always the same thing). That means that choices for women should *increase*, not decrease. Saying to a woman, “You must not do that, because it’s not feminist” is not really increasing choice. Yes, it’s a problem that in increasing freedom, one thereby increases the possibility that people will disagree with you. It happens.

I have, to some extent, earned my feminist spurs. I’ve studied and taught women’s studies and gender studies. I’ve taught lots of other things. And mostly, through my work, thousands of people through the years have been challenged to THINK, to consider, and to come to their own conclusions.
And I knit.

6. Is this your main line of work?
Not at the moment. This could change at any time – though I’m hoping it won’t change for a few years, at least. I spend my days doing something almost entirely unrelated to fibre arts. Unless I’m doing both at the same time. Knitting and reading DO go together. Really.
7. Lace interests me. Where else should I go to find out more?
The internet is your friend. First, join Ravelry.
Look at the patterns there. Look at people’s libraries. Look at some of the books they’ve used, the patterns they’ve used, and see if you can find the same in local libraries.
Look at Heirloom Knitting; marvel at the beautiful things that can be made.
That should be enough to get you going…
8. You keep talking about “blocking”. ???
Blocking means pulling knitting fabrics into shape (in this context – football and roller derby are completely different things). (Really. Trust me).
I use blocking wires whenever I can; this means that rather than pinning out every…single… tiny…bit of lace, I can run wires through the sides of the finished object, and pin out the piece of knitting by pulling the wires and securing them.
Blocking is generally done on wet fabric – or is done and then the fabric is dampened. (I’ve never used this second method but have read about it. Rather like climbing Everest – you know it’s done but you’re unlikely to do it yourself, for all kinds of very good reasons…).
Blocking works well on fabrics made of wool, silk and bamboo. It has almost no effect at all on acrylics. This can be slightly annoying… It is possible to get things made of acrylic yarn to stay the way you want them to, but you have to do what is called “killing the fabric” to do it – basically, the fabric is subjected to damp, high heat (ironed through a damp cloth).
9. Are there mistakes in your work?
Yes. If you want something perfect, find something made by a machine.
There aren’t HUGE mistakes – no great, huge holes, no sleeves shorter than others, nothing like that. But there may be points where there are six stitches where “properly” there should be seven or five. If I catch these, I often correct them – sometimes, that means ripping back (frogging – because frogs make a noise like “rip it, rip it”) (1) or un-knitting it (tink – knitting backwards). However, sometimes this isn’t possible, either because the wool in question won’t take it (mohair is just as likely to rip as it is to un-knit), or because the pattern won’t take it (some laces require multiple yarn-overs and un-knitting those can cause far more problems than might be fixed).
If I can see the mistake, the chances are that the piece won’t end up on my site for sale.
10. Are there holes in your knitting?
Yes.
It’s lace.
That’s what lace IS.
Lace can quite sensibly be defined as holes, held together by yarn.
The way the holes are held together is what forms the lace.
The holes BETWEEN the bits of yarn are what makes lace so remarkably warm, and also so light.

Finally – Beware!
Lace knitting is addictive. You have been warned.



(1) Yes, I know. At least, I know that QI says that really, only one type of frog makes a noise like “Ribbit” – but that frog was the one around Los Angeles, and it’s the one that got into the movies so everyone thinks all frogs make that noise. (Don’t argue with me, argue with QI if that’s not right). However, I’m as much a slave to such conditioning as the next person, AND I spent a great deal of my life in precisely that area, so I may be forgiven for thinking frogs make a noise like, “Ribbit”.