Finally! I finally finished a lace knitting project. I have been trying for years and years it seems but I always either screw it up so badly it's not worth fixing, or I give up on it because it's 'too hard' and takes too much concentration. But not this time. This time, I actually finished two projects within days of each other. I loved knitting both of these items. While I did have to pay attention to what I was doing, I didn't begin to have the struggles I've had with past lace attempts. I find myself wondering why. I wonder if the fact that I'm eating so much healthier is affecting my brain and allowing me to do more difficult tasks. I also wonder if the running has calmed me to the point that I can stay focused on something difficult. Or, perhaps, I've finally matured a bit. Nah, probably not.
Ok, once again, I seriously need to take a photography class.
But there they are. A shawl and a scarf. In the above picture, they are being blocked. I was a bit terrified of the blocking process but it turned out to be a lot of fun. It was absolutely amazing how a shawl that was only about three feet wide at it's widest point grew into something about six feet wide and the weird lumps along the edges turned into points. Very cool.
Here's a little detail:
The pattern is the Meadow Flowers Shawl from Knitters Stash http://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Stash-Favorite-Patterns-Americas/dp/1883010896 The yarn is Gloss Lace in the Sterling colorway from KnitPicks. http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Gloss_Lace_Yarn__D5420172.html And, I noticed as I posted that link, that a few of the colors are currently on sale. Awesome, because I'd really like to knit that pattern again.
The scarf was knit with Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn in the Purple Splendor colorway. http://www.brownsheep.com/wls.htm
The pattern came from The New Knitting Stitch Library http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Stitch-Library-Easy-Follow/dp/1579900275 I simply added a garter stitch border to the pattern and voila! A scarf. I used two skeins of yarn and it worked out perfectly! I finished knitting the border repeat and had just enough yarn left to knit the final garter border. When I was finished, I didn't even have enough yarn left to knit one more row.
As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed knitting both of these items and I'm now totally obsessed with knitting lace. Too bad I don't have anymore lace weight yarn in my stash pile. Sounds like I need to go on a shopping trip!