I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a bit of a stash. Just a little. I have my stash sorted into bins by weight – so I have a worsted bin (actually, ahem…two), a DK bin, sock yarn bin(s)…and a lace weight bin. I have beautiful lace weight yarn, and I have only made one shawl. I have a lot of beautiful shawl patterns, but I never seem to get around to them. Why you ask? I think it is because I’m scared – I’ve tried several times to start a shawl and I always mess it up. So I just avoid them…although sometimes I look at that beautiful yarn and wonder if I shouldn’t try again.
On Friday, I decided to give it another try….Anne published another pattern, and I just loved it. And thought that maybe because it was small, not a shawl, that I could do it…and guess what? I was right!
This is Gust – just a small scarf, not a big intimidating shawl. And it is extremely addictive….
This is the only thing I’ve wanted to work on all weekend. I’m using KnitPicks Shadow in Jewels Heather. The pattern only calls for 300 yards, and this is a single skein that I got in a swap a few years ago. I’m also using KnitPicks Harmony needles and I love them – they are prefect for lace – smooth and pointy, but have enough grab to help keep the stitches on the needles. I think that these needles will definitely help me knit lace much more succesfully. The pattern is extremely easy, and memorizable…..and very addictive.
After I started the pattern, I saw someone else on Ravelry was doing this in Jade Sapphire Cashmere – doh! I have that too in fingering and it would have been nice…maybe next time.
But it is lace, and it is making me happy – and building my confidence up a bit. I think next lace will be something a bit bigger….Twinings perhaps? Although when I was buying the pattern for Gust, I also bought Ostrich Plumes…isn’t it pretty?
Last night I did put the scarf down for a bit and worked on my second Nutkins – I just turned the heel and picked up gussets. It is time for this sock to be done – I want to work on other things (like Gust!).
It is Sunday morning – I was feeling iffy yesterday so we had a very lazy day at home. In a few minutes, I’m off to the gym, and then I need to go buy an umbrella. (This is the third umbrella I’ve had since I started working in New York three months ago. The winds in the city are crazy and just snap umbrellas.) Doesn’t that sound like a fun morning? After that, we are planning another very lazy afternoon, and of course, watching the Super Bowl. We have our munchies all lined up, and I have my knitting projects ready.
Hope you enjoy the day! And just to be nice, make sure to go to Opal’s blog and say “Go Giants!” (hee-hee!)