I'm getting the hang of this...finally! Each morning for the last few weeks I have been
struggling communing with Oriel and I am into the 5th repeat (of 10). This is as pure as process knitting gets. It is slow going because this fuzzy yarn, Douceur et Soie, while beautiful has a way of disguising the stitches and being sticky and slippery at the same time. The pattern has its own challenges as it is a 28 row repeat and it's not easy for me to memorize. However, I am now at the point where I can glance at the chart and knit across a row without looking again. I am enjoying the process of slowing creating lace and watching this cloud of Seafoam become an object of beauty.
In the 'Make it Fun and Easy on Yourself Department'
Lace is so rewarding and engaging that I've decided to do another shawl which should be more portable, more relaxed knitting. I just couldn't help myself and started it Saturday as a reward for my near epic engagement with Oriel. It's the Leaf Lace Shawl I told you about awhile back. The yarn is that 'oh so blogged about yarn'...Twinkletoes (another chance for you to click the link and buy some) in the color Emily. I bought two different dye lots of this colorway...one bright (which I'm using for this shawl) and one more subdued, that I'll use for socks (later). As Stephanie said, and I paraphrase, lace just doesn't show its true beauty until, like a chrysalis, it becomes a butterfly, unfurling it's wings and taking flight.
Strange things can happen in this blog of Zen. Ann left a comment in the last post saying she was coming over to brown nose even without a contest in sight. Well, last week I watched as my comments ticked towards 2500. I told Smith on Friday that when it hit 2500 I would send that person a gift...a silent contest if you will. It blew me away that she was number 2500 with a comment like that! Something's in the mail to you Ann!!
Happy Valentines Day, everyone!! While we don't really care for H*llmark holidays around here, I did put a card and some Lindt chocolate hearts in Smith's lunch box today. ;-)