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Pants?  Check.

Malabrigo lace?

malabrigo lace

Check.

In a flashy color?

malabrigo lace

Check.

Ginormous circular shawl?

shetland tea shawl

Check.

Well, it’s not ginormous yet, but give it time.  Yesterday, after a relatively quick Malabrigo-finding mission to the Haus of Yarn, I cast on for this lovely: the Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace.  It’s based on the EZ pi shawl, just like the girasole, which makes for very straightforward increasing and breaks the knitting up into a series of very approachable (though knit over ever-doubling stitch counts) lace charts.

shetland tea shawl

Here I am working my way through chart uno: the shetland fern.  I wanted to keep going, but it was time for bed before I made some kind of unfixable mistake.

I’m thinking of repeating the last chart twice — bigger!  and it looks really nice — in a contrast color.  After hauling out just about every solid-color Malabrigo lace skein in the store, I decided on frank ochre (35).  It’s flashy, but also somehow neutral enough that I can see myself wearing it with lots of different things.  (Okay, I’ll be honest: I don’t always care about matching very much.)  For the contrast color, I’m thinking of going big or going home: hollyhock.  And then switching back to the main color for the knit-on border, kinda like this.  Though I don’t want to overpower the lace with crazy color changes, so I’m going to wait and see.

shetland tea shawl

Funnily enough, I’ve found that knitting lace is one of the only things that really relaxes me.  I know I talk about the rhythm and repetition of kntting lace a lot, but that’s precisely what lulls my brain into quietness.  It’s a strange sensation when it’s going well: I’m thinking and counting and following the pattern, but at the same time, my hands are just knitting.  If I think too much, I make a mistake.  I love that my hands know better than my brain somehow.

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  1. You hit the nail on the head about lace knitting. It’s a very zen thing. And oh, btw, the same thing happens when…spinning….*ahem*. Just sayin’.

  2. That’s going to be awesome! I’m completely with you on the relaxing power of lace.

    I’m about to cast on for a Hemlock Ring, which I hope will still be zen lace knitting, even though I’m knitting it with Eco Wool on broomsticks.

    P.S. Sign me up for working on my diss. at the wine bar. I usually don’t even leave my desk at home to go to the coffee shop! I have a weekly “allowance” that I prefer to use on yarn and books rather than coffee shop outings, which is pretty dumb since I have tons of yarn and could probably use more human contact and varied settings.

  3. That’s a great color, and the shawl is beautiful. I think its really funny that sometimes I don’t notice a pattern until someone else does it – I have this book but never really “saw” the pattern. Its really pretty and makes me want to cast on for it now! I think that I need to do a circular shawl next – I’ve never done one and I think its time!

  4. Hi! I’ve been reading for a while and felt compelled to comment – I was *just* thinking about starting the Shetland Tea Shawl! I love the color you chose :) Maybe this is the push I need to get some yarn and get going!

  5. Love the yarn – I have some in the same colour, it’s just glorious. I’m loving all your circular shawl knits. I’m inspired to dig mine out now and make something from it!

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