And so now that it's warming even a bit, my thoughts are turning towards spring. For this knitter, spring means lace. After finishing my last shawl, I immediately cast on for Anne Hanson's Lacewing Shawl. The yarn is Liisu Yarns (Now the Unique Sheep) Laceweight in Meadowlight. I had purchased the yarn almost two years ago, and am glad now that I bought every skein that my LYS had as it's a yarn no longer in production. To my great delight, I think it's prettier knit up than it was in the skein - which isn't always the case with hand dyed yarns. I am eagerly looking forward to the insects around the bottom. They may get a special treatment...
My lace dreams are strong enough that I'm thinking about waking my Forest Path stole from its long slumber. No, it's not the most terribly interesting thing to knit, but it will be pretty. This is a stole I can see myself wearing often...and so I would like to finish it. In all honesty, the yarn haunts me. I spent a lot of money to buy the exact yarn the pattern called for because I wanted this stole so badly...and it's just sat for almost four years. It's time to get busy.
A good friend gave me this gorgeous skein of yarn for my birthday. (I'm feeling a bit lazy this morning, so I'm not going to go look up the details now.) It took very little searching to find a pattern that was perfect for it. It's only a 4 row repeat, and so this may become my 'mindless' lace for the spring. I can't wait until this shawl full of sunshine is finished.
But it's not enough to just work on the things I've already started. I really enjoyed working with the Claudia Hand Painted yarn on my last shawl - dye problems aside. I have four skeins of "Strawberry Latte" waiting for a project, and I have beads that go very well with it. I may have to spend some time today perusing Ravelry for pattern ideas - although I'm oddly tempted to do another version of Miralda's Shawl with beads instead of nups. Any suggestions?
I have one other piece of lace in mind...but I think I'll wait a few days before I talk about it.
Spring and lace, could any other combination be more perfect?