Feather and fan

A year ago now, at the 2012 county fair in Troy, Pennsylvania Joanna won a large bag of roving which had been kindly donated by Loch’s Maple Fiber Mill of Springfield, Pennsylvania. Roving is fiber that has been washed and processed for spinning. From that roving, and over the course of perhaps two weeks, Joanna produced nearly a mile of 2-ply, lace weight, yarn. From that yarn, and over a four week period, she knit the Feather and Fan Shawl the pattern for which she found in Meg Swansen’s A Gathering of Lace. The finished shawl weighs 6 3/8 ounces. It is 55″ in diameter and is made from just over 114,850 individual stitches. It was knit from its center, of just 8 stiches, to its full circumference of 1,320 stitches (exclusive of the crocheted edging). I am proud of her. When I asked Joanna to say something about the technique of knitting lace she said, “Lace is basically composed of holes created by increases, and decreases to compensate for these. The scalloped edges are the natural result of all of the increases occurring in one place and all of the decreases in another.” Does anyone know what that means?

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