Some of you may remember that my knitting adventures began with socks (yeah, not my smartest move, but there you have it). Since then, I’ve done sweaters and scarves, mittens and hats; I’ve felted, done cables, a bit of intarsia, some fair isle and dabbled with beads. What’s left?
Until this last weekend, the thought of lace was just a fleeting fancy in the back of my mind. A couple years ago at camp, I watched an amazing parade of knitted lace go by during “show and tell” thinking all the while I’m never going to do that, I don’t have the patience for thousands of edge stitches—-besides, what would I do with that? Oddly, over the last few months, my thought towards knitting lace have mellowed somewhat, and during vacation, I actually looked for (didn’t find) some souvenir laceweight to bring home. But the tipping point was actualized on Saturday, when this came through my front door:
2480 yards of handpainted alpaca laceweight, from Christy’s dye room. Every time I walk by it (no, it’s not hiding in the stash—it’s sitting on the kitchen counter—DUH), I can’t resist petting it. Here’s the problem, and where you come in: I haven’t the slightest clue how to do it.
Oh I can choose a pattern, I’ve decided I want a generous triangular shawl; I printed three different patterns off the internet last night, (The Yarn Harlot’s Snowdrop Shawl, The Kiri Shawl and Fir Cone Triangular Shawl), but the directions don’t make sense to me. I can figure out the what, but not the how. I’m beginning to think I’m really in trouble. How can it be this tricky? What am I missing??? Do any of you have a suggestion for a triangular shawl written in a straight forward manner, such that the newbie lace knitter can muddle through without losing her mind?
Until then, work is progressing on the second Trekking sock of pair number two, (I’m in the midst of gusset decreases), and the sleeve of the Cambridge. Also, in the infant planning stages is a pair of kilt hose for Brett. My list of projects that want to be made just keeps getting longer and longer!
And so I’m off to do some reading, specifically the articles on knitting lace from the last two issues of Interweave. If I’m not back tomorrow, send in the dogs.