Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Magic Lace

  Many years ago, I attended a Yarn Party where the fiber fumes went straight to my head and I walked away with several skeins of gorgeous, mutli-colored lace-weight silk. Very slowly it dawned on me that the beautiful lace patterns I was beginning to love making were completely lost in anything but a solid - or lightly heathered - color. I still don't know what I'm going to do with the green-purple-white that is so breathtaking in the skein, and so utterly useless to make lace with.

But I did finally find a lace pattern that could hold up to the skeins of heathered sea-green. I let the match-up of yarn and pattern bubble away on the back burner for a while, until one day I knew who I wanted to make it for, and why. Then I set to work, and spent a couple of years working at it off and on. This fall it was finished, and I gave it to an appreciative recipient, and updated my Ravelry projects page.

Yarn:       Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s Penthouse
                Silk Lace (discontinued) in "Sheridan Circle"

Needles:  3 (3.25 mm)

Beads:     Earth Faire's Wavy Leaves,
                70 (35 on each end, strung on the yarn)

Then magic happened. If you're not a knitter, you probably don't realize that knitters come to have favorite designers over time. The designer of this lace shawl is a favorite of mine - everything she designs is breathtaking. Imagine, if you can, my surprise and delight when she commented on - and favorited! - my knit-up of her design on Ravelry.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! That is so cool. It is gorgeous so I am not surprised. But I love it when designers are looking at who is knitting their patterns on Ravelry.

    She is an amazing designer. I have only knit her Reptilian Socks. Love them. Managed to lose one. *pout* Thinking I need to try one of her shawls as they are beautiful.

    I can relate too well on how the fumes get you. That skein of the multi-colored one is incredible.

    My first lace shawl is in Malibrigo. The pattern is completely lost with the colors. It got folded & put into my yarn drawers. Haven't worn it in years. (Mind you it taught me sooo many things on how *not* to do lace.)