I’m nervous about the yarn but after living with it for a month now I’m just itching to pick a pattern and cast on for my wedding shawl.
After what seems like endless Raveling, I’m down to a few choices:
Design something myself. If I had a year, this is the way I would go. As it stands, I am not so great at numbers and geometry and much better at following a pattern. However, I did comb through my stitch books looking for the kinds of patterns and motifs that I liked. I also discovered this amazing blog for The Walker Treasury Project illustrating the various stitches in the Barbara Walker’s wonderful stitch dictionaries. Very cool to see the way that the cool stitch patterns (interesting in black and white) come to life and bloom in color.
The end result of my searching: I do not want anything that has distinctive, straight horizontal lines . . . the last thing I want on my wedding day is to wrap myself in horizontal stripes. Nor do I want a triangle-shaped shawl that will possibly emphasize the junk in the trunk . . . What I do like are soft curves (as in a circular shawl, although I do like the idea of a rectangular stole), flowery shapes and consistency (as opposed to changing motifs) in the overall pattern.
With those ideas in mind, here are the final contenders (forgive me, non-Ravelers, for using the Ravelry links):
The Forest Path Stole. It’s entrelac lace, which makes a cool, interlocking diagonal pattern of lacy leaves. There are great pictures of the stole (an in a green yarn that’s similar to what I’ll use) here.
The Dayflower Daydream Shawl by Eugen Beugler — he designed the beautiful Frost Flowers & Leaves Shawl that I made for Glamorous. There are some great photos of the shawl here (scroll down — it’s the circular shawl).
Any other lace knitters out there with any other ideas? Not sure I’m ready to commit to the tedium of all that entrelac — so far I’ve done a practice/beginner’s entrelac scarf and I’m bored already after just three tiers . . .