You may have noticed that it's been a while since I knit any lace. Truth be told, I think I had a minor flame out when I finished the Princess. Well, that and school got out for the summer, lots of traveling started, tragedy in our circle struck, etc., etc.
Lately, though, I noticed that I was starting to feel the urge to knit lace again. You may remember that recently I spent some time doing the prep work for a bunch of projects. I wanted something simple and elegant to ease my mind back into that particular type of knitting.
Which is why I fell so hard for my friend Bonnie's new pattern, Streusel. It was just exactly what the doctor ordered. Even better, having recently realized that I don't care if I ever knit another 'fancy' sock again (preferring plain socks with fun yarn) I had lots of yarn in my stash I could use.
I made mine with one skein of Madelintosh Sock in Grove with size 6 Addi Turbo circulars. Grove proved more difficult to photograph than I had thought. It's a quiet green with a sort of tan background - semi-solid - perhaps the color of a forest just before it starts to turn for the fall.
Technically, the work started on June 23 and finished on July 16th, but in reality I did the prep work on June 23 (finding the right size yarn, doing one or two repeats to learn the pattern) and then knit the shawl from July 12 - 16th. It was a very quick knit, especially once I memorized the pattern.
I did make two small modifications. First, with an eye towards the postal scales, I was able to add four plain repeats in the center of the shawl for a touch of extra fullness at the widest point. Second, to more closely mirror the decreases to the increases, I moved them from the first to the fifth row.
To be honest, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my Streusel. I love this type of shawl/scarf, but I already have several that I wear quite a bit.....and have more planned that will be better matches for my wardrobe (such that it is). For now I'm going to put it in a box to be used as a present sometime. Perhaps it will tell me at some point who it wants to go home with.
So yes, this was a case where the process was considerably more important than the product. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the finished scarf. It is without a doubt a beautiful thing.
It's just that this time what I found pleasure in - what I honestly needed and craved - was the simple act of creating lace.