Lace Up Your Needles: A Knitalong Is Coming!

By Kay Gardiner
September 9, 2020
Don't knit alone—knit along! The more the merrier, and you'll pick up some great lace-knitting tips and tricks when you knit with us.

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  • I love reading your posts first thing each morning! This morning I laughed out loud at your plural for opus. It’s opera. (I’m the only living American who took Latin in high school.)

    • You’re not the only one but perhaps the only one that remembers the words. In my minds eye I can still see the cover of the book just not what was in it 🙂

    • I’m impressed. I took Latin but don’t remember opus/opera. We were too busy learning to fight Caesarean wars ( bellum, bellī) and winning (vincere) them. But glad to see there is a fellow Latin student out there! Chloe

      • Why do i only remember hic, hike, hoke, huyus, huyus,….obviously don’t remember spelling

        • Please let us not forget amo amas amat amamus amatus amant! 3 years of Latin here and forever grateful to Miss Shultz!

  • I took high school and 3 quarters of college Latin…don’t remember much of anything after the first sentence on the first day: “Agricola puella non est.” (“The farmer is not a girl.” Doesn’t come up a lot in conversation, LOL!)

    • My high school Latin was nearly 60 years ago. I am so proud of myself because I could translate that,

    • ‘Gallia in tres partes divisa est’. Opening line of Caesar’s Gallic Wars (Gaul is divided into three parts). For some reason that’s the sentence that stuck from my high school Latin. But I’ve never regretted taking it! Invaluable for crossword solving. And figuring out word definitions.

      • My father made us memorize that line when we were little (have no idea why) and he made me take Latin in high school—which I actually went on to use in my second career as a horticulturist!!!

        • Magna opera facienda sunt! It’s lovely to know that Latin is a fond memory for many. I taught it eons ago as a teaching associate at the University of Minnesota. Recently returned to it for pure enjoyment. The above translates, “Great works must be done!” A good motto for the KAL.

  • Is Lichen and Lace worsted the same as “Aran” for the Rib Lace Scarf? Gratias tibi. (another Latin student)

    • Yes, worsted and Aran are usually the same.

      • thanks, Dany!

  • I’m so looking forward to this KAL. I wasn’t sure whether to start with Clerestory or Mood, but now that I’ve perused the Mood thread one more time, I think I have to start there. It’s such a cool design.

  • Wow, I just ordered my Gleem Lace yarn in color Shoreline and can’t wait to knit with you all and ask my questions. Thank you.

  • Latin was my favorite subject in high school, but was not offered at the 2 high schools that followed (military family), nor college. But I loved it!

    • I took four years of it and loved every minute! Made me a great English and philosophy major and a better librarian.

  • What is the yarn on the right in the photo at the head of this ‘lace up your needles’ post?
    It’s magnificent. Thanks you. JS

    • Yes, I would also like to know what that yarn is

  • All patterns in this Field Guide are so beautiful. Congratulations to you and Jeanette Sloan for the inspiration. I’ve decided to knit the Mood Cardigan and just ordered the Helix yarn in the color Lannister which is a tonal red wine color. I’ll get started as soon as it arrives.

  • I love the Open Field Guide. I am doing the Mood Cardigan and I have been using stitch markers between the pattern repeats. Is anyone else using them? Do I dare try to do without?