Of course there's been lace!
I used a delightful silk, cashmere and alpaca blend to make the Aeolian Shawl which was in Knitty a while ago.
The adding of the beads was a bit of a trial. I didn't like the idea of threading all the beads onto the yarn before I started for two reasons: firstly, I just want to get on with the knitting - swatch? Don't be ridiculous!, secondly, threading 2,250 beads might just have sent me over the edge (not to mention causing intolerable strain on the yarn itself).
So, second method then. The crochet hook. Even though I can crochet, I rarely do (but more of that later). That hasn't stopped me amassing quite a collection of crochet hooks. I don't have one that's skinny (technical term) enough to go through a titchy (tt) bead though.
So, third method. I threaded a very very skinny (tt) beading needle with some strong cotton, in through the bead, through the relevant stitch, back through the bead, slide the bead onto the stitch. Done - 2,250 times.
I forgot to take any pictures of this delicate manoeuvre but I did find this blog with some good pics. (OK, she's using a crochet hook but the principle is the same.)
More pictures of my Aeolian:
I finished it just in time for Mother's party up in the North. It was much admired. Then disaster struck.
I caught it on the door handle and (look away now if you are of a nervous disposition) ripped a hole in it.
I was so vexed that I threw it in a bag and left it alone for three weeks.
I took it out the other day and had a proper look (no pictures - too traumatic). I can't repair it, so I bit the bullet and ripped out to past the hole. Only thirteen rows. Only? There are about five hundred stitches on the needle. It took a while but all the stitches are back on the needle in the right order.
There might be some pictures of that beading technique yet.