There is nothing like hot pink mohair to kick the knitting doldrums.
About a month ago my mother in law asked me to make her the Ice Queen pattern from Knitty. Since she loves bright colors I’ve been on the lookout for a jaw-dropping ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Even though we are on a spending freeze (basically a self-imposed moratorium on any non-essential spending) The Baron got to buy a few essential pinball related toys. I decided that one ball of yarn would not kill us, especially since I have been in such knitting gloom recently. And I am knitting for his mother!
I popped into Unwind the weekend before last and there on the shelf, a full 50 cents cheaper than any other ball of Kidsilk Haze, was one single bright-hot pink fluffball. I just could not hold myself back. I grabbed some matching beads and picked up a teeny tiny (size 11, 1.1 mm) crochet hook from Joanne’s. Finally, after looking at the yarn and feeling fussy for a whole week, I cast on over the weekend and just raced through the project. It didn’t hurt that I met up with Miss V on Saturday for a literati marathon.
I haven’t worked feather and fan lace before and I was a bit surprised by how easy it was to memorize. The resulting fabric is delicate and airy but also feels warm. I just cannot get over how filmy and beautiful the lace looks, especially in such a kick-ass color.
I absolutely love love love the end result and I cannot wait for knitting group tonight. Right now my big decision is whether or not I should include beading along the top and bottom edges or just along the bottom. Will beads on the top weight down the lace too much and make it fall like a souffle? I am also wondering how long I have to wait to pick up another ball to make one for myself 🙂