In knitting circles lace is spoken of with reverence. We are told that knitting it is hard and demanding and that mistakes drive one to madness.

I tend to hold the view that a lot of things in life aren’t really as hard as we think they are, lace included. Sure, some lace is harder than other lace, but in the end it is only one stitch after another. Right?

Wrong. Last night I began to understand the reputation lace has earned. It kicked my butt (I would have thrown it across the room, but I was afraid my stitches would come off the needles and make my problem even bigger).

Stockinette stitch is looking really good right now.


Sometimes a project takes a long time. This could be for a variety of reasons, but it usually boils down to 2 main ones: A) it’s a really big project, or B) I ignore it for a while (these can also work in combination with each other). I try to downplay how often the second reason is what’s going on, but I’ve come to realize that that is the case with my Wedding Shawl. Which is kind of bad because the wedding is in 38 days (yay!). I just started the 3rd lace section (for the 3rd time…and there is still a mistake. I’m ignoring it) on Waiting for Rain.

Also, granola bars are a great way to procrastinate. You really should try this recipe!


5 Shawls, 5 Days

I have been interested in designing knitwear for a while, but it’s hard to know where to begin. I also, like most peole, am on a limited budget. So free is good. When I heard that Frenchie at Aroha Knits was hosting a (free) design-themed Knit-a-Long, I jumped at the chance to join. The challenge was to knit 5 mini-shawls in 5 days – and she provided directions. We were free to choose our own yarn and needles, and since the recipes she provided were very basic, we could also add stitch patterns if we so wished. I used US size 6 needles for all my shawls, but the yarn weights ranged from light fingering to worsted.

Day 1: the basic Triangle Shawl

day 1
Pardon my impromptu blocking wires: I didn’t have any pins at hand.  

Day 2: the 3/4 Shawl

day 2
I prefer this rounder unblocked shape to the recommended blocked square shape, so I left this shawl as-is. 

Day 3: the Crescent Shawl

day 3
Running out of yarn halfway through the picot bind-off is a great reason to shoot an “artsy” photo. 

Day 4: the Octagonal Shawl

day 4
I forgot about the plain knit rows between the increase rows, so my “sun shawl” is very ruffly. This was definitely a fun learning experience that I would not have had if I had followed the directions. 

Day 5: the Asymmetrical Shawl

day 5
I didn’t expect to enjoy this shape, but I love it to an irrational degree!