I’ve not suffered with such project angst in ages.
I swatched for the Alice Korach lace shawl with every fingering and laceweight yarn in my stash last night and this morning and I don’t like any of them for this pattern.
The alpaca I have is actually heavier than fingering weight and I don’t like how it looks. The cream-colored wool I have has too much fuzz and displeases me. I have some brown fingering weight wool that I actually like knitted in the pattern, but it snaps very, very easily, so I fear for its life while blocking the shawl.(Incidentally, thanks to everyone who offered blocking space!) I have some shetland wool that is cream with a tinge of grey, but I think I’m a couple hundred yards short of what I need. I am so not making this and finding out I don’t have enough yarn near the end. And I don’t like how it looks anyhow. (Stamps foot like a petulant child.)
And so on. I finally gave up on the last yarn I tried on the train this morning.
Eve pointed out in the comments that there were errors in the pattern. So perhaps this is a pattern best left unknit for now.
This freaks me out. I hate being projectless, so I usually plan ahead better than this. What was I thinking? I briefly whined about it this morning to a sympathetic non-knitter at work who pointed out “job stress is interfering with your knitting.”
But . . .
While digging through my lace patterns the other day, something I’ve been wanting to make for ages resurfaced — a shawl designed by Deborah Newton that appeared in issue 9 (1987) of Knitters magazine. It’s knit from fingering weight yarn and has what look like traditional shetland patterns, but is an unusual shape — sort of a long oval.
I’ve got a bunch of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply in a pretty lavender. I decided to try it for this shawl. Knit a little bit of the edging tonight.
Yeah, baby. Now I’m feeling the love.
The photo is slightly washed out, by the way. This is shade #268 — “Enchant.”
Kristen asked what my favorite needles for lace knitting are. I agree with her that the Addi Turbos are a bit too blunt. I like the Addi Naturas better — the tip is a bit sharper. However, most of my lace knitting has been done on Addi Turbos — in the days before I “discovered” wooden needles.
This little sucker was knitted on wicked tiny steel dpns, which were great for lace knitting, but dangerous. Yikes! I punched many holes in my poor fingers while knitting that, but managed not to drip blood on the pristine white lace.
That was pretty much the first lace project I ever knitted. I am insane, no?
Wait, I think I’ve already established the depths of my insanty.
Proof That L-B is a Good Sport!
I got a package in the mail today from L-B. Inside were treats for the little princess, who is now reclining happily after sampling them.
A little fisherman figurine! His aran sweater even has a center diamond panel.
But that’s not all. L-B sent me a badge of honor:
A genuine U.K. Girl Guides knitting badge. I am verklempt!