At the Still Point of the Turning World
Residency is over, NOW what? (While I'm waiting for the answer, I'll get some spinning done....)

Thursday, May 08, 2003

MY APPROACH TO LACE KNITTING


Step One: Spend many happy hours poring over lace shawl patterns.

Step Two: Spend many more happy hours browsing for lace yarns.

Step Three: Select pattern, enlarge charts so that they can be read with uncorrected vision

Step Four: After rereading pattern, cast on.

Step Five: Knit optimistically, in pattern, for 4-5"

Step Six: Discover a Gnarly Lace Mistake.

Step Seven: Set shawl aside for several weeks, in disgust.

Step Eight: Wait until the Right Mood strikes for fixing Gnarly Lace Mistake. (Right Mood=not tired, not on call, not post-call, not headachy, not back-achy, not premenstrual, not worried about anything else=Not very frequent).

Step Nine: Frog back to the Gnarly Lace Mistake, dropping several stitches along the way.

Step Ten: Correct dropped stitches, more or less in pattern.

Step Eleven: Correct Gnarly Lace Mistake with surprisingly little trouble.

Step Twelve: Carry on blissfully, now that lace pattern suddenly seems so simple, and natural, to knit.

And here is Alka, from Stahman's Shawls and Seaman's Scarves, in progress:



Again, I'm using Henry's Attic 100% alpaca sportweight yarn, this time in mist grey. Since correcting the Gnarly Lace Mistake, I've knit about 10", and have about another 10" to go for my target length. This shawl has now graduated to being my knitting project for longer sit-down sessions, when a BAM sock-in-progress will not suffice.

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