Summer of Lace

Friday, June 15, 2007

Lace Stash
Originally uploaded by The Prolific Knitter
I have been in a major lace mood lately, and will soon have a FO to show you. My Bird's Nest Shawl (supposed to be finished by Aug 4.,) has only 22 rows and a bindoff remaining, though each row takes exactly 15 minutes - so, about 5.5 hours of knitting time remaining, plus time to block the humongous thing. My mom wants a BIG shawl, so rather than knit it in laceweight, I'm knitting it out of Knitpicks Gloss in Cocoa on size 9 needles. I should've googled before going too far into it, because most people get a shawl around 100 inches long with laceweight. This thing is going to be a blanket!

The lace mood hasn't evaporated, so I joined the Mystery Stole 3 group over at Yahoo. I've never done a mystery shawl before, and I like her other designs, so this will give me a chance to try one. And, (you'll be so proud) I'm using stash yarn! That pale gray, over to the left? A cashmere/merino blend that I bought for $5 (about 3000 yards, I think!) at School Products in NYC. I hanked and washed about 1/3 of it, and boy, does it expand. Also, the water was filthy, so it had been sitting for a while. Oops.

So, what happens when I finish the Bird's Nest with some time to kill before June 29 (the day of the first clue release)? A lacy scarf is in order, either out of the Colinette Parisienne (middle bottom) which I have about 700 yards of, or out of the bright yellow merino cake (880 yards, next to the Basil Zephyr), or out of the Jade Sapphire Cashmere (400 yards, Lapis) on the right. I don't want anything super complex, so I'll be poring through my pile of lace books to find just the right thing...