Although I can hear the handpainted laceweight cashmere that I bought at School Products screaming at me (screaming, I tell you), I am resisting its siren song. For now.
Because I have returned to Deirdre.
After I finished the Flower Basket Shawl this past weekend (and thank you so much for all the kind things you had to say about it!) I sucked it up and finished Deirdre’s front.
I joined the front and the back at the shoulders, and did an applied i-cord around the neck.
I am quite liking the way it looks.
By the way, Nancie Wiseman’s The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques documents the applied i-cord finish, along with a lot of other incredibly useful things. I highly recommend this book — it has clear, easy-to-follow instructions, pictures, and pros and cons for every technique described. Just sayin’.
So, I have embarked on a Deirdre sleeve. I’ll save the photo for tomorrow — such excitement!
I guess this puts me smack-dab in the middle of Sleeve Island, huh? Where the heck is that cabana boy with my foofy girly drink?
But back to the Flower Basket Shawl. Susan asked:
Did you make any changes to the pattern?
Moving all the markers made me crazy when I made it last year. It was one of my first lace projects, so I was a bit nervous about it — but did you use markers or just memorize the pattern?
I made no changes to the pattern, and it actually worked out so that I finished it with just a small ball of yarn left over. Very satisfying.
While I more or less memorized the pattern, I did use stitch markers as well. You do have to move them at the beginning of each new pattern repeat of 10 rows, and for a couple of rows after that. The moving at the beginning of the pattern repeat did not bother me, as you are adding a marker and then just moving the rest to the left a few stitches. But for a couple of rows after that, the stitch markers move by one stitch in the middle of decreases and yarnovers. I took care of that by working the yarnover on the previous pattern row before the marker instead of after, so I was set up for the next pattern row. Make sense? Probably not, if you don’t have the pattern in front of you. But it works, and you can avoid those pesky one-stitch moves if you think ahead!
“Enough of that — time for a cheesecake pic, I think!
(P.S. — Happy birthday, Mom!)