I don’t know if any of you have noticed (ok I’m quite sure you have, actually) but of late I’ve been yearning, nay, lusting after lace patterns. I’ve bought nothing but lace and fingering weight yarns, and have been obsessively prowling through the “shawl and scarf” section of ravelry looking for that one, shining, perfect lace pattern.
Spring Knitty came out today.
When I opened the page and saw the cover pattern (here) I was… impressed, but not inspired to immediately cast on or anything. It’s nice, but it’s a little too rustic looking- not what I’ve been craving. I clicked through to the rest of the patterns… and just about died.
My dream shawl- everything I’ve wanted in a shawl, perfectly executed in two sizes and three yarns, one of which is handspun. It has nupps; it has beads; it is an elongated, graceful triangle, wearable as a shawl, scarf, or wrap; it is complicated and involves several different, but related stitch patterns and charts; it is a veritable work of art.
I adore it. Simply adore it. I can honestly say that this is the first pattern I have ever looked at and immediately thought “I’ll need to make more than one of those.”
And …. did I mention it’s a free pattern?
I still have to find the perfect yarn for it. I may even end up spinning the yarn, because I don’t have any yarn right now that’s crying out to be that shawl, but I certainly do have a lot of really lovely spinning fibers. Otherwise, I still have around $50 of birthday money still kickin’ around that would nicely cover a big ol’ skein of laceweight something-or-other and enough beads to do the job. We’ll have to see how I feel after going to the bead store tomorrow with Kelly.
In other happenings, this is what I’ve been working on.
I still only have about 18 rows done. Have I mentioned how glad I am that I have until August to finish this thing? It is, however, looking quite nice and is appropriately cute and squishy. Has that going for it, anyway.
My dark BFL spinning project:
I have a little over one full color repeat done. I’m… not entirely sure how much of the total that is, but it isn’t much. I’m spinning a laceweight single, and I’ll either do a 2 ply fingering or a 3 ply DK. I’m leaning toward 3 ply at this point, I think it’d work very nicely with these colors.