Monday, May 19, 2008

Crrrrrrrazy about lace

Captain's Log, Supplemental

I am in looooooooooooooove.

My local library happened to have a copy of Victorian Lace Today, a book of Victorian lace knitting patterns, mostly shawls. The photography is stunning, and the shawls are absolutely gorgeous.

The knitting ranges from beginning lace to experienced lace, and they’re all amazing, knit in different yarns in brilliant colors.

I am completely hooked on lace now. I want to knit every single pattern in this book, they’re all so beautiful.

And think of the fashion statement I could make—like French women, I can dress up a simple outfit with a contrasting scarf or shawl in some stunning color.

My first project is this, the faggoted shawl or scarf. I knit it in some fingering weight sock yarn from (the pattern called for “fine” or “sport” weight, but I didn’t have any and I thought the shawl would look good with this hand-dyed colorway in the discontinued Memories line).

It looks rather good with the colorway, don’t you think? You can’t really see, but it’s a mix of reds, pinks, and orange-reds with shots of grass-green.

The shawl was actually quite easy, although it looks complicated. The hard part was the border, but even that was a very simple 6-row repeated pattern that was easy to memorize.

The shawl is actually shorter than the pattern calls for because I didn’t have quite enough yarn, so I just made the body shorter and left enough yarn for the border.

I wish I could afford the hazy mohair yarn the original design called for. Maybe if I get another contract, I’ll splurge on some expensive yarn.

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