Friday, April 13, 2012
Is not so scary anymore! I finally have cast on the lace project that inspired me to learn to knit lace in the first place, Shipwreck Shawl from the Spring 2009 issue of Knitty. I admired it way back then but thought I would never be able to do something that complicated. So I started smaller and kept learning about how to follow charts and that lace is essentially just making increases and decreases. I am currently about 30 rows into it as of writing this blog entry and am sailing along quite nicely.
The trickiest part thus far was the cast on, I had to watch Fleegle's video of the cast on repeatedly before I finally realized what she was doing and got it done myself. Normally it doesn't take that long for something to 'click' but for some reason this technique took awhile. Once I had that done it was pretty easy sailing since I have already mastered working the magic loop (although dpn's could be used for this project just as easily, but who would want to!) and all the first rows required were knitting and yarn overs. I already did the strawberry chart and it was a breeze, I am beginning to suspect that I am quite capable of knitting this project with little to no difficulty since I have been making lace shawls for over a year now and seem to do pretty well with them.
Admittedly I have no idea what I will do with this shawl once it is completed, I have never worn a circular shawl and don't know that I ever would. This is one of those projects that I am attempting to do just for the challenge and the fact that the finished object is gorgeous. Maybe I'll need to buy a piano just to put this shawl on for display! Just kidding, because seriously, where would I put a piano, and I don't even play!