Friday, 15 May 2009

Lace: My first knitting love

I had, somehow forgotten how much I love lace... my head had been turned by the allure of sock knitting. But the yarn called my name and I cast on the Swallowtail shawl by Evelyn Clark... It was like reconnecting with an old friend.

I cast on at my parents place in Kelowna - April 29th and took it off the blocking wires less than an hour ago. I suppose that is one good thing about the horribly dry air in Calgary - knitting dries really fast. It took about 345 yards of Louet Kidlin lace weight, and was knit on 2.5 (3 mm) needles.

The pattern was wonderful (and free because I downloaded the limited edition ebook during the appropriate time period - though I think I also have the correct issue of the magazine) - my only concern/warning would be against learning nupps on a yarn that contains linen, but for me, in the end, the nupps were fine and completely worth the effort.


Louiz said...

That's gorgeous!

JessaLu said...

Absolutely beautiful!

emma said...

It's beautiful, but really - lace is your first love? Maybe I haven't given it enough of a chance, and you do end up with something unbelievable at the end. Maybe I'm doing it wrong? I'm slogging through lace socks and had to take a break because it was driving me crazy.
And advice (or can you just knit my lace for me?)?

Bells said...

it's just lovely. So very lovely. I love that photo of it draped over the chair.