Pattern: “Ishbel” by Ysolda Teague [Ravel it!]
Yarn: Alpaca Cloud by KnitPicks, colorway “Smoke Heather”
Needles: 2.5 mm circular needles
Size: 86″ across, 29″ down the center
Start date: December 7, 2012
Finish date: January 22, 2013
You know that thing you do when you see someone with a knitted scarf/hat/sweater/coffee cup holder/whatever on the tram, and you try to surreptitiously creep closer, all “la la la, I’m totally not trying to get within three inches of your head/neck/hands/whatever,” and get a good look at the pattern to try and figure it out? For me, it’s not really about trying to figure out how to knit the damned thing, but more of a challenge, “can I figure this out before this person walks away/before I’m spotted being a creeper.”
I can’t help but wish someone would do that to me, even just once. It’d be so cool to have someone geek out over my knitting who’s not related to me and who hasn’t been gifted with one of my pieces.
Pattern: “Echo Flowers Shawl” by Jenny Johnson Johnen [Ravel it!]
Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in “Bermuda Heather”
Needles: 3.5mm Knit Picks Options circular needles
Size: 27″ x54″
Start date: January 6, 2011
Finish date: February 5, 2011.
Despite my overwhelming dislike of nupps, I decided to knit a shawl that had oodles of them. Thanks to my awesome Knit Picks needles, purling seven stitches together wasn’t actually that hard. It was rather repetitive, but hey, so are miles and miles of stockinette, and I’ve done that before.
I knitted this during the latter part of my first semester at university, including the exams, so I’m actually kind of amazed that there aren’t any mistakes (that I can see) in it.
It’s still one of my favorite parts of knittingâ€”seeing something go from a wadded up pile of yarn that looks like something a dog chewed up and spit out to something that’s so airy and delicate. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing that, and it’s the main reason lace knitting will always be my favorite.
I haven’t decided what to do with the shawlâ€”there are certainly plenty of people I could give it to as a present (more so than in Canada), so I’m sure it won’t be lying around for long. And with the weather being more normal here (in comparison to Canada, again), I’m looking forward to knitting more lacey stuff to wear in the spring and summer.