I have been trying to keep to the knit from your stash ethos. It hasn’t been going too badly, really; i.e., I haven’t bought nearly as much yarn as I might have. But recently, I’ve fallen, well, if not off the wagon altogether, then slight afoul of the wagon. I’ve been playing dangerously close to the edge, shall we say?
I blame Victorian Lace Today. So many lovely lace designs, some even appropriate for novice lace knitters like myself. I was mesmerized. Not myself at all. I simply *had* to start something. Hence:
Four balls of kidsilk haze in shade 606 candy girl. Doesn’t it make your teeth hurt, just to look at it?
I have this in mind for it:
large rectangle with center diamond pattern
Or perhaps this:
scarf or shawl with a center pattern
But two possible patterns? Four balls of lace-weight yarn? Obviously, I needed more yarn. Duh.
Sundara Yarn silk laceweight hand-dyed in eggplant over spice
At a generous 1000 yards, there’s plenty of this lovely laceweight for a large version of the second pattern: scarf or shawl with a center pattern. I will err towards the shawl.
And a close-up of the silky loveliness.
The colors are wonderful. One runs out of superlatives. Superlatively superlative.
Also, I finally caved in the face of a wicked elann.com deal and bought enough R2 fuzzi felt for this project from the second R2 book:
It seemed like a nice, easy-peasy project. But the diamond lace as so far defeated me. I can’t seem to get the pattern to come out right: not enough stitches remain when I follow the chart. Why? It is a mystery. I wonder if I’m misinterpreting the yarn-overs or some such small point. I mean, I think I can count to three … which is really all that is required. I gave up, but will make another attempt.
I went for a slightly less understated color than the one modeled:
It’s a very pinky red. But I like it. I’m thinking it will perk up a gray winter day like nobody’s business. And speaking of red, I can’t forget a certain couple of hanks of Lorna’s Laces red rover.
My Sockapalooza yarn. I’m very nervous about starting … I’ve never really knit socks before and I want these to be really nice. My Pal requested Jaywalkers or something similar (with ripples, basically); I’m just hoping it won’t be beyond my limited talents. Having discovered the magic loop method, though, I am feeling much more confident with the small diameters. Perhaps I’ll wind the yarn today … a good start.
At least it will distract me from my cold and my academic angst.