Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cast On!

Even though I have a few projects on needles right now, my fingers have been itching for lace again. Never one to resist temptation too strenuously, I gave in. I found some lace weight yarn in my stash, pulled out “Victorian Lace Today” and decided on a pattern. This time it’s the Myrtle Leaf Shawl  With Willow Border.

The border will be knitted on after the body of the shawl (stole, really) is finished. The colourway I’m using (Knit Picks Shadow, Kettle Dyed) is called Grasshopper and the shawl is being knitted on 3.5 mm needles. I’m already liking how it’s looking and I haven’t even completed one full repeat of the pattern.

I wonder if any of you remember this scarf, also from Victorian Lace Today…

If you’re interested, you can read about it here. I finished it in 2007 and gave it to my mother. I know she loved it and wore it often. Apparently it was worn so much that it needed to be washed.

It was with some embarrassment that she admitted that she’d thrown it in the washing machine… yes, the washing machine! She now has a felted lace scarf. All I could do was shake my head. I was sure she’d know better than to wash wool in the washing machine. Apparently, I was wrong.

On the christening dress front, I’ve ordered some yarn from Heirloom Knitting in England and it should be arriving within the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, it’s a nice bright shade of white and will be fine enough for the dress. I’ll also be receiving some samples from another yarn company, Colourmart, also in England. Once I have the yarn, I’ll be starting the dress all over again. And you know what? I’m looking forward to it!

1 comment:

  1. I'm in a lace phase again too. Can you remind me the source of the christening gown pattern. I'm looking for something similar now, not for an existing baby but as a technical project which perhaps someday if I'm blessed with grandchildren will become an heirloom.
    I'm sorry about the felted scarf, superwash lace yarn isn't readily available, is it? I knit mostly in acrylic for my Mom for that reason. :-)