Monday, July 23, 2012

Back In The Saddle

 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.



Bonnie said...

Beautiful Streusel! The color is exquisite.

Shelda said...

That's really nice. Glad you got your lace mojo back!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...