Can we talk about lace for a minute?
This year I finally broke through my compulsion as a monogamous knitter when I found myself with a few projects going at once. Of course, after finishing these projects I immediately returned to one project and apologized to it.
But I am a hypocrite and it's time to confess a secret. Are you sitting down? I have had a lace scarf project on needles for over a year. I hardly ever think about it, much less touch it.
I really like the look of knitted lace and feel a bit of envy when I see gigantic shawls floating on tree branches in other people's knitting blogs. I decided to try lace knitting with a simple scarf, which should be easy and fast, right?
"Marnie's Scarf" is a lovely pattern I found and it suits me because I wanted to jump into lace but didn't want anything too flowery. I'm knitting it in Alpaca Cloud from Knitpicks. It's lace weight baby alpaca, in the color "Iris Heather." I wound it into a center pull ball while watching TV. I held the yarn around my feet as I wound it around a giant marker.
1. It looks like dog business. I know it will look better when finished and blocked. I have to believe this.
2. I printed out an old copy of the pattern and it's on two sheets and following the lace repeats is fussy and impossible to memorize.
3. Size four needles. If it was on size five, I could use my beloved Denise interchangeable needles but alas, the only size fours I have are vintage metal straights. While I am confessing secrets, I'll say this: I hate them. My nickel allergy means my hands get rashy on hot after using metal needles for any prolonged length of time. I know, poor me.
Obviously there are a few things I can do to enjoy this more. I can get some nice size four needles and print out a new copy of the pattern all on one page. Other than that, I am lost. How are you all loving lace knitting? I want to catch the bug!