As you all probably figured out, I recently got my hands on a copy of Victorian Lace Today. I received it as a birthday gift a couple of weeks ago.
I am quite delighted with this book. While there are (of course) several projects that I don’t like, there are far more that I do like and that I can see myself making. The book itself is lovely, with lots of beautiful location photos and a lot of interesting text on lace knitting in Victorian times. There’s a great section in the back about designing your own lace project. I think the author did a great job with this book.
This started me thinking about what I like in a lace project. I like symmetry and motifs that “go” together. I realized recently that I, for the most part, don’t like traditional Shetland-style shawls. I find a lot of them to be way too “busy.” I feel there are too many different patterns in one piece and to my eye they don’t really “go” together. I can certainly appreciate the incredible skill that goes into Shetland lace knitting, but, for the most part, I’m not interested in knitting one myself.
I have done some Shetland lace — pretty much my first lace project was a Shetland lace wedding handkerchief done in cobweb weight wool on size 0000 needles. (There’s a photo of it here.) But I don’t think it’s really very pretty. The Tina Shawl is a Shetland lace shawl, but I think the designer, Dorothy Siemens, did a particularly excellent job of picking motifs that worked well together and not overloading it with too many different patterns. Ditto for Sivia Harding’s Shetland Garden shawl, which uses Shetland motifs in a Faroese style shawl.
So, anyhow, what it boils down to is that I think I prefer Victorian lace to Shetland lace. Just my own personal preference.
(This, of course, did not prevent me from ordering Sharon Miller’s new book about Shetland Hap shawls. I am nothing if not inconsistent.)
Speaking of Victorian lace, I made precious little progress last night because a certain little someone:
was feeling all needy and snuggly, so much of the evening was spend in playing with and cuddling said certain little miss.
Gee, do you suppose that had anything to do with the temperature in my home? Maybe I need to shove the heat up a bit more? Not that I mind having Lucy happily snuggled up with me when I’m home, but I wouldn’t want the dainty little princess to be uncomfortably cold, ya know?
Here’s the state of the lace:
There were a couple of questions about the Knitpicks options needles. No, I’ve not had any problem with the cable unscrewing from the needle. And yes, the tips are very, very pointy. I’m using a 4.5mm needle on this project, which is a U.S. size 7, and I’m executing p2tog tbl on the Kidsilk Haze with no problem. I can’t see me doing that with an Addi Turbo.
Hey, look! I finished one giant clown sock!