Since I'm back into lace knitting and since I really enjoyed entering a few things into the fair, my mind has been going full steam. I have at least one project in mind for next year's fair.
Normally, when I say I have a project in mind, I'm about 5 minutes away from casting on. That's not the case this time. I'm thinking about it. I'm swatching for it. I'm getting acquainted with the pattern.
Here's the pattern I'm thinking of doing. It calls for "the finest lace weight Shetland yarn"; I think I've found the perfect yarn for it. When I was at the yarn store yesterday, I saw some absolutely scrumptious, fine, natural white merino lace weight yarn. The gown is knit on 2.0 mm needles. That's pretty fine, making it a lot of knitting.
Here's a swatch of one repeat of the bottom edging. The only reason I even swatched it is that the pattern is from Sarah Don's classic book, "The Art of Shetland Lace" and all of the patterns are written in an old form of pattern writing. For instance, "O" is yarn over, "T" is knit two together, etc. That makes the pattern a little more difficult to follow. My swatch isn't done to size; I used a slightly heavier lace weight yarn on 4.0 mm needles. As I said, I only did the swatch to see how the pattern would be to follow.
I have a dilemma, though. I have absolutely no reason to make a christening gown. I don't expect there will be any more grandchildren in our family. Do I make it and hope that, one day, one of my grandchildren will want it for a great-grandchild? Do I make it and sell it? Give it away? Should I even make it at all?
Got input? I'd love to have some!