Lace projects have been growing during this month of Lace-uary. January is the right time to knit lace because mother nature creates inspiration everywhere. If only I could write, I'd write an ode to Miriam. How does someone create such a complicated, elegant and fascinating lace pattern as Hidcote? In only a couple of evenings I was able to knit through chart 2, and I must say, it is so enchanting to knit this lace. What makes it even better is the soft, silky and, yes, elegant, JaggerSpun Zephyr. The pattern and yarn together make a perfect knitting duo and I am now half way through the third chart (of ten).
Jóhö has been enjoying more time in my hands, too. Grayce's Plain and Fancy Wool lace weight is just as delightful to knit as Zephyr, but its even softer. I love the way the blue and pink tones of violet change and flow throughout. You can see how much Langsjal Jóhönnu has grown in the last week or so, by clicking on this link (a picture taken some time ago).
Last week I told you my hands and arms had started to hurt from the larger needles and stiff yarn that I'm using to knit Bejeweled. After two long weekend, Christmas and New Years, and spending more time than usual on the home computer, it became apparent to me that the problem was the un-ergonomic computer desk we use at home. Monday I
bitched suggested to Smith that it having a lower desk, one with a keyboard tray, might help with the developing RMS pain. Tuesday when I came home from Stitch 'n Bitch he said there was a surprise for me in the office. He'd built a tray under the desk while I was away (YAY!) and it has been the perfect fix to me from more pain. I was so touched, so excited and very, very (really, really*) pleased. The pain in my arms and hands started to ebb away and by the end of the week I was able to pick up Bejeweled again. Here's a sneak peek, but you'll need to come back tomorrow and we'll walk through a winter wonderland and see the finished Bejeweled, my first finish of 2007!