This probably should have been one of my first posts, but, better late than never. For about 45 years I was what you would call an average knitter. I made useful things like, afgans, sweaters, scarves- you know, simple things. Then one day I picked a Vogue Knitting magazine, and in it was a picture of the lady wearing a knitted lace sweater. I had to have it. I went to the local variety store and came home with Knit Crocheen. It wasn’t long before I was witnessing magic taking place right before my eyes.
This first project in lace, definitely tweaked my sense of creativity. I loved learning the new stitches, and had great fun with all the needle gymnastics involved in the pattern. Knitting wasn’t boring anymore.
From there I moved on to a little more challenging pattern. This one featured a spider web pattern on the front.
It didn’t have sleeves, but this old lady does not feel comfortable without them. So.. I made some. I wear it quite often, changing the color of the tank I wear under it to go with the rest of my attire.
Now I was really on fire to to something intricate. so I began my first “real” lace shawl with “real lace” yarn. The Print o Wave shawl I made for my daughter, was offered aa a free pattern on the web, by Yuny Jang, of Interweave. I designed the header of my website with it.
Following that, I ventured out to make two more shawls, one for a friend, and one for my daughter-in-law. They were followed by a lace scarf for my sister-in -law.
by Fiber Trends
Maple Leaf Scarf
Next, came my greatest challenge in attempting the “Princess Shawl” from Heirloom-knitting.com
Here is the edging I am still working on. It’s my travel project.
All this is to say, that new adventures in knitting have taught me to be patient, to be willing to take out and redo, practice stitches and new techniques until I get them down smoothly, and most of all, not to be in a hurry to finish. I have learned to enjoy the process. I hope you have, too.