There’s something about the Alpine lace.
It’s certainly not the most complicated lace I’ve ever knitted.
It’s not the biggest lace piece I’ve undertaken.
But there’s something about it. I just love it.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m extraordinarily picky about the lace projects I make. If there’s one little element that I don’t like, I dismiss the pattern. It takes me forever to pick a project to knit. When I selected the Alpine lace from Victorian Lace Today, I thought to myself, “This is acceptable.”
Then I went Into The Stash to find a yarn for it. The Morehouse Merino laceweight singles that had been marinating there seemed like a good choice, so out it came.
As soon as I started knitting it, I fell in love. The yarn is wonderful to knit. It’s soft and sproingy and has the rough-hewn look of handspun. And I think it is perfect for this lace. The combination of the yarn and the lace pattern just clicks for me.
I like a lace pattern that’s got a lot going on — I don’t like lots of “blank places” in my lace, and this pattern certainly does have a lot going on. It’s densely populated lace. And I’m not bored with the never-ending rose leaves in the center because of the diamonds on the border — they add some welcome variety to the knitting.
In short — it’s fun. And I am inspired to keep knitting on it because I am very anxious to block it and see what it’s gonna look like blocked.
Hey, Guess What?
When you knit socks in sportweight sock yarn, they go really really fast.
The Serendipity sock yarn has 241 yards per skein, and I bought one skein for a pair of socks. As usual, I split it into two balls and am knitting toe up. Here’s the first sock:
The ball is what’s left of the first half. Enough for a decent length on the leg, I think.
I must ask, have you had any problems with felting with the superwash merinos? It’s never been a problem for me until yesterday when my STRs felted. I am distraught. How do your socks hold up in the wash or are you one for handwashing them?
Arrrgh! I’m so sorry to hear about your STRs felting!
I wash my socks in the machine. I put them in a mesh bag and use the delicate cycle (cold wash. cold rinse). I confess that I even put them in the dryer, but I take them out when they are still damp, and lay them out on a towel to finish drying.
I have one pair of STR socks that I’ve worn and washed in the manner multiple times, and no felting yet. The only thing I can guess is that my machine’s gentle cycle is a lot gentler than yours.
I have a question about (appropriately enough) sock gauge swatches. Do you knit them flat in stockinette stitch? Do you knit a very small tube? I’m always confused when a sock pattern says “make a gauge swatch”, but don’t specify whether the swatch is flat or in the round!
Well, I know that when you are knitting in the round, you are supposed to do your swatch in the round. But I don’t. I knit them flat in stockinette. And for socks, my swatch usually consists of — cast on 12 stitches and work in stockinette for 12 rows.
Lucy’s Rough Afternoon
Actually, Lucy’s had a rough couple of days.
A couple of evenings ago, when I was sitting on the couch, knitting, she came out of the master bedroom. limping. Apart from the limp, she’s been perfectly normal, and I couldn’t find a thing wrong with her little foot or leg. But she was still limping this morning so I took off work early and took her to the vet this afternoon.
The vet discovered that her knee on her right rear leg was swollen and said that it seems likely she pulled a muscle or tendon, most likely jumping off something, and that she should recover in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, Lucy is on light duty. No heavy lifting or playing!
“I had a tough afternoon and my knee has a boo-boo!”