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Before last night, this was the extent of my lace knitting:

Maybe 30 rows? Maybe? The pattern is called shadows and something or other, or something or other and shadows. For the life of me I can't seem to remember the name of it and the google is of no help. Not even ravelry has this pattern, which is from Evelyn Clark's Knitting Lace Triangles booklet. It's a beautiful pattern that she showcases knitted in garter stitch. I've chosen to go the knitted route, as I'm not so big on the garter stitch look with lace.

That little piece of knit was HOURS in the making, as the first transition from one lace to another kept tripping me up in the same spot at least five (FIVE!!!) times, maybe more. (It's been two weeks since I knit this, so my memory is notsogood.) I can say in very good faith that I am an expert in making the same error, in the same spot, each and every time. So much the expert, that I finally understood how to account for it flawlessly (not hubris). I really think there may be a problem with one chart, but I wont know until I hit that transition again.

Maybe that's why I think I am capable of designing a lace triangle myself, or maybe it's just an innate hubris. Or maybe I just love misery. Or maybe shmaybe, what does it matter? I did start work on my first prototype last night. It looks more like a cable project at the moment, as I'm just trying to work through knitting the pattern via increases. A way of lacing up the purl stitches came to me during that magical state of waking this morning.

I just love this yarn; the heathered shades are fantabulous.

Before I go I want to share something that Claudia, over at Bavgirl, posted. Interweave's Knittingdaily site is offering up The Top 5: The Best of Interweave Knits Readers' Choice Awards patterns for free on a limited basis. For me, this is pertinent because it includes Evelyn Clark's swallowtail shawl, which is a pattern I want in my stash. The download will be availabe until May 14.


Nell said…
Lace is too scary for me. You are very brave!
Knitting Kris said…
I find lace very hard to fix mistakes, but it sounds as though you are able to do that- kudos! I love both the yarns in your photos. Beautiful colors.