Last Friday was an exceptionally painful slow workday, so I spent some time poking around the knitting district of webville and trying to come out of my shy-shell. I found a few goodies I wanted to share, including these two beautiful lace pieces to add to my want-to-knit list:
Pink Lemon Twist’s Hanami Stole (scroll down to the bottom of the page), which I think might be absolutely perfect for Mom. I’ve got lots of Zephyr at my finger-tips, and I’m eager to find another lace project once Frost Flowers and Leaves is done.
Jane Elliot’s Starry Night Shawl is one of the more creative pieces I’ve seen in a long while — reminiscent of Norah Gaughan’s patterns from Knitting Nature — and I’m eager to get it on my needles!
I was also reminded of the incredible collision of art and science that is the eco-friendly artistry of Helle at Gooseflesh, who is working an entire undersea-reef with yarn made from old plastic bags. I especially love this one. Her creations inspire me to think beyond the simple scarf-shawl-sweater confines of traditional knitting.
Over the weekend I got lots of quality outdoor knitting-and-relaxing time in. While I was relaxing in a lounge chair on Saturday afternoon, still soggy from the pool, Mrs. J called. We had (as always!) a great conversation, and she wanted me to check my e-mail for this photo of the shawl I made for her as a wedding gift. I worked the shawl in Rowan Kidsilk Haze and it was my first experience with Mohair — I loved the yarn except for the one time I had to rip back, at which point I almost had to toss the whole ball because I got so frustrated by the heinous tangle that ensued. I made peace with the mohair eventually, but I’m not sure I’d rush to work with it again. It was fun to reconnect with a project I hadn’t seen in a while, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed — I remembered the piece being more intricate and delicate than it looks in this photo. Perhaps it’s because I’m so focused on the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl these days, but the simple YO flowers look a little bit plain.
Speaking of the FF&L, I managed to get myself through the third repeat of chart two and even get a few rows into the fourth repeat. Thank goodness I put in a lifeline, since I accidentally worked an extra YO in the final round of the third repeat. As I was working the first round of the fourth repeat, I had to spend over an hour ripping back to the lifeline and checking each stitch. Starting a new repeat of chart two is really challenging, since there’s no way to read the rows below the one you’re knitting, but with the lifeline I was able to check my work with confidence and I eventually found the wayward YO. Yet another reason I love the KnitPicks Options — the little hole in the cable that allows for easy lifeline-installation!
Speaking of KnitPicks, stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of my Early Knitting Adventures: In the third installment I explore my burgeoning yarn snobbery and the discovery of my favorite internet yarn shop.