I’ve played with lace a million times before: A friend and I used to whip out Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns, pick something pretty, and play around with swatching it. But I’ve never made a complete object out of lace, and I’ve certainly never experienced the magic of blocking lace–which I didn’t even know was the way it worked until I started reading all your knitting blogs!So my plan is to make Kiri, from All Tangled Up. I’m going to be in a wedding in late May in the mountains of Virginia, so the evening will likely be cool. The dress I bought is a halter-type, with a mostly bare back, that falls just past my knee (i.e., it’s not a lot of coverage). So I need something. And a lace shawl feels totally “wedding” to me–it may be the only location where I’d find such a thing appropriate. (While I find them aesthetically quite pleasing in photographs while blocking or being held up to the light, they’re just not my style for attire.)
I ordered Knit Picks’ Alpaca Cloud in Peppermint (yay peppermint!). The lining of the dress is a similar shade of pink, and I’m in love with the color. Note that this will also count for March’s Project Spectrum!
[Now if only it would get here! I placed the order Monday; per the Web site, it just shipped yesterday. I doubt there's any way it will get here today, which means I can't start it this weekend. (It's delivered to the office.) Oh well.]
I spent a lot of time looking online to try to pick a shawl that I felt had the right balance of delicacy and coverage. Although I think I might have preferred a lack of a center line as on Birch, there was something more delicate about Kiri–must be the scalloped edge. Plus, I found MeowGirl’s finished Kiri, done in alpaca cloud, and I knew it was right. How beautiful! Her blog partner, Kitty Kitty, also completed one, and it too looks fabulous. Once MG confirmed that the alpaca cloud makes for a very warm shawl, I ordered the yarn. (Oh, and the kiri pattern is free. Not a small consideration.)
I printed out the pattern and have read through it. There’s some apparent weirdness, which I hope won’t screw me up and confuse me. (“Skip written instructions to written instructions to cast-off instructions”? I think I know what is meant, but seriously: Could this be a more elusive phrase? Remember that I’m an editor, so things like this especially bug me.) I joined the Yahoo group KAL, just in case I need help.
I’m in that “want to check the mail every two minutes” mode of obsession right now. I want to knit this! (This may be the first time I genuinely have two projects working at once. I have a few abandoned projects sitting next to the couch, but I will continue to work on the Sunrise Circle Jacket. Though since I only have the back to complete, I should be done by the end of the weekend, depending on how I spend my time.)