I have always admired lace projects. They are so pretty and impressive and look soooo hard to knit. I was sure I would never, ever in a kabillion years ever knit anything lace. I would admire the samples in yarn stores and in magazines. I would look at the patterns and sigh. I couldn’t figure them out. Then one day a list of knitting classes at my local yarn store arrived in the mail. Low and behold there was a lace scarf class listed. It look easy and pretty and it was only listed for 4 classes so how hard could it be? I signed up.
The instructor was great. Thanks Mary! The repeat was 8 rows and Mary taught us how to use a life line to mark every so many rows in case we needed to rip back to a known good spot. She also taught us about using stitch markers to mark repeats in the row.
Geez, did you know lace is essentially well placed yarn overs and knit 2 togethers? It sounds so simple and easy, though I still don’t get charts. I do have to admit this pattern, Snowdrop Lace Scarf designed by Donna Arney from Gardiner Yarn Works, seemed pretty easy and logical to me. It went fast and I was pretty much done by the end of class. (A major feat for me.)
Ok, so I finished the scarf and I think it looks pretty good. My confidence is pretty high right now. During the class I got up to stretch and look at all the pretty yarns and I found the most beautiful shimmer lace silk in varigated blues, greens, pinks and purples. These are my favorite colors. I bought a skein (1000 yards) and now only needed a project. Hmmm, what should I knit with this awesome silk? I had no idea but I was confident I would figure it out….eventually.
Stay tuned for Lace Part 2.