Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Picking up the Slack

It finally feels like summer! Today was hot and sunny, and since I'm done work I had the luxury of sitting out on the deck to knit for the afternoon. For the last two weeks, work had pretty much drained me of any motivation to do anything at the end of the day other than sleep and study, so knitting took a bit of a back seat. However, having just spent the weekend at a wedding and family reunion in Maine, I had the time to finish up one of Nanny's socks.

This yarn (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock) has been sitting in my stash since early 2006. I had meant to use it to make the Dublin Bay socks, but the pooling had been so bad that I frogged them not far into the project. I was weary of pooling this time around, but it hasn't been too bad other than around the gusset. The yarn does have a smooth drapey feel to it, however!

There are so many lace shawls that I would love to be knitting right now... so many that I couldn't make up my mind as to what to start. I had been planning on knitting the Waves of Grain scarf as a gift for someone, so I decided to get that out of the way. I had some Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace on hand, in a color that reminded me of the intended recipient.

I think I need to invest in one of those magnetic chart holders! While the lace pattern itself isn't difficult, the whole process of threading tiny seed beeds onto the stitch with 32-gague wire slows the knitting down considerably. I don't mind for the moment, as I'm enchanted with the whole process and love the subtle way it looks!
I have a sneaking suspicion that this will become a tedious project when I reach the middle section, so while I'd like to have it done by the fall I'm not going to pressure myself to work on it!

I've finished up another project, which you can see over here (Ravelers only, it's a gift!). I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, so it's off to the closet until Christmas time!


Don said...

Hi Jess,

I really like your photography. Good work!


Yarndude said...

I recently got a magnetic chart keeper and it really makes all the difference. Also, with the beading, are you using a crochet hook, or wire? When I knit a beaded lace shawl, I used a really small crochet hook that the bead could slip over, and it made putting the beads on the stitches much easier as well.

Stephanie said...

Oooo gorgeous lace! That project is so tiny and I can imagine that beading is tedious. Great job.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess! This is beautiful! love the beads on it...you are so talented!