This Summer of Lace is going to be lovely. No heavy knits in the lap, gossamer threads floating across the fingers, light as air finished projects, just right to keep the mountain air chill away...perfect. Who could ask for better knitting. Lace is the ultimate 'process' project. All that looping of the yarn to create an airy, light fabric is mesmerizing.
Knitting with Zephyr is like knitting with a gossamer thread. It feels faery spun. The color reminds me of wild flowers that might be braided into rings for a faeries head dress. Every stitch is pure enjoyment. It is taking longer and longer to get across a row and back. For the few minutes I knit each morning I can only knit two or three rows. The ball of tightly wound yarn is slowly growing smaller. In the beginning I wondered if I could/would knit from it forever, as it didn't seem to shrink. I love looking into the center of the ball where the yarn forms a spiral, an eddie of yarn to draw you in. Maybe I should find a way to weigh it and see how far I've come. In a way, that seems silly as it really doesn't matter. It will be a bitter sweet end when it comes.
My mind does turn to other lace, however. The
virus beauty of Birch is taking over Blogland. Has there ever been an unorganized KAL with so many knitters? It does draw one in! After Jackie
told me which Rowan Magazine it was in (found it on my shelf) and I found the yarn in my stash (same as Teresa C’s blue), it became even more tempting. But, then I saw Cassie's Birch (which is just beautiful), and became worried, as she is a wee little thing...I'm 6' tall! Birch doesn't look like it would cover the length of my 'wing span' and a large mohair shawl to cover all of me is more to my liking.
I'm sure it would be easy to add repeats and make the shawl larger, but at the same time I had that thought, I had a better idea. The Brooks Farm kid mohair just purchased at Estes Park Wool Market would be beautiful, would be slightly heavier in weight and make a larger shawl. Plus, it wouldn't look like anyone else's. Not that that would be bad. It would just make it more mine.
Susan returned to Stitch 'n Bitch from her trip to Italy. It was so nice to have her back! She thinks I should make a stole. The Baltic Sea Stole to be exact. Because I have the Seaweed Wrap (stole) in the works, I'm unsure. If you have a suggestion for another shawl or stole, I'd like to hear about it. The incredible kid mohair keeps calling me to start it...soon, soon.
The Summer of Lace continues.