It happened quite by accident, this relationship I've developed with lace. Until recently my sole venture into the world of lace was Dainty Bess, a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law. Then while reading on the sockknitter's list I kept hearing about cashmere yarn at a bargain. I knew I didn't want to make socks with the cashmere because of the durability factor, so I just put the link in my favorites and kept knitting socks. Then, Folk Shawls entered my life. So many shawls, beautiful shawls. Every time I thumbed through the book, my perusal always lingered on the Sampler Shawl. What a perfect shawl for Christmas parties and the like! But what yarn? What yarn?!?! Cashmere, of course!!! And last night, a team was born. While at SnB I cast on the 401 stitches and proceeded to knit a few rows of the border.
In this picture, I have just finished the bottom border. Today, while administering achievement tests to some homeschool students, I was able to get three rows into the first pattern--that's over 1200 stitches by the way. The yarn is not the best to knit with as it feels like string, but compare the swatch that's been washed with the string-like WIP. The difference is even more evident in person. A photo cannot capture the softness and bloom of the yarn. This is the go-to-guy on Team Bike and Knit.
However, it is not the only member of the team. On the bench we have Glorianna by JoLene Treace. I'm using KnitPicks Shadow in Jewels for this lace scarf. This is a Christmas gift for a very dear friend. It's a fun knit, but I make sure I have enough time to knit the 16 row repeat without interruption when I pick it up. Glorianna is ready to step in at a moment's notice should Sampler Shawl succumb to injury or the frog pond.
We are a team; we each know our roles and do all we can to support each other in this venture that has come to be known as.....
The Amazing Lace!