A year ago I made a crochet lace shawl, using Exquisite Lace from the West Yorkshire Spinners. It’s a marvelous Falkland wool enriched with mulberry silk, and I’ve been looking for the right pattern to use another skein I’d bought last year, in light mint green. I’ve hesitated between many different shawls and scarves, but in the end I chose a Drops Design pattern called First Frost, because: 1) I liked it, 2) it required just under 800 metres which is exactly the length of 1 skein.
This pattern is rather simple – yes, it’s lace so it requires some attention and focus, but it’s also very repetitive so it’s easy to memorize each row after a brief check in the diagram. I’ve been knitting it while working (whenever I didn’t have to type), one row at a time, and it went much faster that it might seem. The yarn is very thin, but the needles used (3,5 mm) are larger than I’m using now for a fingering weight project, since lace looks better when it’s a little more loose and airy (after obligatory blocking of course!).
I have some really lovely, summery yarn in my stash waiting for me to knit something proper for early August. But I’m just not feeling it. My heart is fully set on nice, winter wool, sweaters, hats, scarves (I’ve even had a passing thought or two about gloves!) and blankets. I LOVE BLANKETS. So my beautiful cotton blend is waiting for a better time (probably in winter, when I’m fed up with all the cold weather knits….), while I’m knitting with Wensleydale wool from the West Yorkshire Spinners. It’s still “leftovers” from a Christmas project for my Friend , and judging by the fact that even now after knitting the hat and cowl I still have 1 whole skein left, I’m not the best yarn-strategist in the world. Oh well, at least I don’t have to play yarn chicken I guess…?
Over a year ago I made a lace shawl based on Bernadette Ambergen’s pattern. I wrote back then that I’d like to crochet it again in a more neutral colour, but as usually, there was always something else to do and it took me many months to even think about it again. But some time in early spring I bought this wonderful, soft lace yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners – Falkland wool with silk – and I knew it was time to crochet my neutral lacy shawl.
Except that when I started browsing Bernadette’s designs, I found another shawl that I just had to crochet instead of the previous one. The pattern is called Grace, and I think it’s absolutely beautiful, so I decided that this would be my choice.
My gift making has slowed down significantly recently. In fact, all my yarny projects have. I’ve been dealing with my never ending cold, work deadlines and general apathy. So while I’d finished knitting The Rain Outside shawl for my friend about 2 weeks ago, I couldn’t bring myself to actually write about it or take some acceptable photos.