Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Holy Lace Knitting, Batman!

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here...

...And I find myself falling into the abyss of lace knitting. On the first of March, I cast on Oceanspray by Galia Lael in a very lovely blue yarn I bought from an indie dyer last year. I got about 30 rows in before I went to sleep (they start very short). I got up the next morning and went about my day, looking forward to knitting it during my Thursday afternoon at my LYS.

When I got to the LYS, they had a basket of lovely dove gray lace weight from Dream In Color and a truly wonderful corresponding pattern, Vostok (rav link - you can also see it on their Facebook page). As you can see (below), I didn't even try to resist. I became obsessed. I was single minded. Were there other projects in my bag? Non, only Vostok.

A little over two weeks later, I had a pile of wet cat vomit (also known as soaked but unblocked lace). An hour, a lot of grumbling, a small hissy fit directed at my husband, a trip to the store for more pins, and an additional hour and a half later, I had this. I am very pleased with it. I am also wholly unattached to it. Having gained the blessing of the designer, it will be auctioned during my LYS's anniversary weekend and will hopefully help raise money for Canine Partners for Life.

Yes, I really did pin each one of those stupid little points. Why do you ask?

Having accomplished that task, did I return to my poor Oceanspray? Or the socks sitting on the kitchen table? Of course not. Instead, I opted to start working on another lace project. We'll call it Stealth Shawl for MOM* (SSFM for short). While happily working away on SSFM at the LYS on Friday afternoon, I was asked my opinion on a pattern being considered for a class in the future. Well, I read it over and then realized that the only way I could really truly speak to its appropriateness was to knit it. So I dug into my stash** and found some lovely green yarn (Jawoll Magic) and cast on. Tuesday afternoon, I was binding off, which I'm told is ridiculous and seems to make me a freak. ::shrug:: So here's the Haruni, by Emily Ross. Finished just in time to go into a box and make someone a very happy birthday girl. :-)***

* Yeah, not very stealthy when I mention it here, huh? Except she has NO IDEA which pattern I'm using. HAH! Bet you can't even remember the yarn you picked, can you?
** Can't fool you - I got some yarn, but then realized it was too colorful and only dug into my stash at midnight on Friday because yarn stores are not open at midnight on Fridays
*** No, I'm not done with the lace knitting. I'm currently searching for my new challenge, while finishing the SSFM. 


Jo said...

If you're looking for a lacework rabbit hole to fall down, might I recommend Kitman Figeuroa's designs.

I really like her aesthetic.

GrannyMat said...

You are truly gifted, Lady! Both of these are gorgeous and SSFM - Priceless!!

Ringed Dragon said...

Jo, I already have Damask on the list...

Jen said...

That is freakin' amazing. Wow. And you're not at all attached to it? Teach me how!