I stopped by Knit Happens for a couple of hours of late night last night and was delighted to find that Kristine has Helen’s Laces yarn in the retail store now (she’s had it in the online store for a while). She even brought one skein of each colorway in stock to the table for me to look at — so as not to interrupt my Inky-Dinky Spidering, you see. Now that’s what I call service from a LYSO!
I succumbed to this colorway:
Gold Hill. What lovely autumnal colors! (Of course now I’m wishing I’d also bought it in the Aslan colorway.)
I wound it into a ball in a fever of anticipation:
I was planning on knitting my next lace project from some Zephyr in “copper” but I think I’ll use this Helen’s Laces instead. The next project is a triangular shawl that I’m designing, in a combination of tree and leaf patterns, so I’m thinking autumn leaves here.
Good segue into a question from the comments.
Your inky-dink spider stole brings up a question (at least to me): how do you go about deciding when a multi-colored yarn will work for lace-work – or even aran/cable work? Some multi-color yarns are so distracting they take away from all the fancy stitches…. but not so with your stole. Do you have some criteria such as gradual color changes or colors that last at least so many inches before changes?
Nah, it’s just dumb luck.
Seriously though, I think the more complicated the lace pattern, the less variegation you want in your yarn. I used a variegated for the Peacock Feathers that was mostly shades of blue and that worked.
The variegated for Inky Dinky is all muted colors and they seem to work too.
It’s funny, because for years I avoided handpainted and variegated yarns like the plague. I think I was scarred by the old “ombre” yarn — remember that? Dime store acrylic in ombre colorways. Ow! I think I just put out my mind’s eye!
I am thinking you don’t have a problem with changing needles mid-project, but do you worry about how changing needles will affect the finished stole? I myself worry about that (and whether the fact I knit backwards or not will affect my gauge, etc……). If it’s interesting to you , I’d love to hear your thoughts.
For some reason, and I have no idea why, changing needles doesn’t seem to change my gauge.
I was a solitary knitter for years and years and pretty much did things my way. (Cue Frank Sinatra here.) I was fearless about everything. Or too stupid to know to be scared. You pick.
Like, when Alice Starmore told me in her pattern directions to cut a steek in my fair isle knitting, it never once occurred to me that this was something that could go terribly wrong. Yeah, I’m trusting like that.
Ah, the innocence of the pre-Internet days.
But anyhow, I’ve changed needles mid-project many times with no problems. As long as I am using the same size needles, I get gauge and there’s no perceptible change in my knitting. Go figure.
Up to Camp
My dad emailed me last night and said that he thinks we used the phrase “up to camp” because to get to camp from the city (Worcester, MA), we had to ascend “Dead Horse Hill” — a not insignificant hill on the route to camp. I guess you can figure that out from the name, huh?
I’m Almost Inky-Dinked Out
As evidenced by this photo (taken and emailed to me by the lovely and amiable Maeve — thanks!):
This project seems interminable. But I am past the freaking spiderwebs and onto the spiders . . . the last pattern before the edging on the bottom!
Still, I have the song I Will Survive running through my head. Move over, Gloria Gaynor.
Lucy wants to be a Disco Queen.