Lately, I have been working on another test knit. Windcatcher is a beautiful summer top, designed by Dieuwke van Mulligan (dutte on Ravelry; knitter’s kitchen is her blog). I have never knitted any of her designs before. Hence, I was excited to be “on board” when she posted a call for test knitters.
“Windcatcher is a simple looking top with a little bit of extravagance in the form of a lace panel at one side” Dieuwke writes in the pattern and I have to admit she had me with extravagance.
To knit my Windcatcher I decided not to use the recommended yarn (Coast by Holst Garn), but Tussah Tweed by BC Garn / Denmark in a beautiful olive-lime-yellowish green (just because it was in my stash). A color so lively and vibrant – I love it! Tussah Tweed is made of wild silk, 100 % Tussah silk.
A beautiful pattern, a beautiful yarn – hopes were high when I started this project. However, right now I guess I am about to understand that the varied yarn, its tweedy parts and irregularities may not be a good match for the top’s lacy part. It won’t do justice to the delicate pattern – at least for my taste.
Hence, so far I have frogged the lace panel twice, only to start over. I really want this to work, but it won’t.
This is why I am tempted to finish the top differently – less extravagant – and start over with yarn that is more suitable. I’ll see. I’ll keep you posted.
Before one of you says it … I did make one gauge swatch but should have made two, I know: one in stockinette (the one I made) and one to see the lace pattern … Well, too late now … (Sigh).
Again, blocking did its magic. The wrap is done and it turned out to be just the way I wanted it to be. Makes me happy – can you tell?
Even more important, I am ready to move on to the next level, that is to say: move on to a more complicated pattern (once I have finished all else …). Looks like the “lace bug” finally bit me!
I never thought much about lace scarves. To be honest: I never thought about doing anything lace at all. Until, very early this year, All She Wants To Do Is Knit started blogging about lace, “lazy-ness,” and her wedding shawl. Trying to decide on a pattern, she suggested several she had found on Ravelry – and that is exactly how lace got me …
So, here I was: admiring the most beautiful shawls ever, with my elder sister in mind who will be turning 50 in May. Consequently, I (finally!) went to the store on Tuesday to get lace yarn. I picked a bright purple in 100% merino wool to make a scarf for my sister! And somehow it feels different than any other project I have started so far: well-thought-out, mature, deliberate – does that make sense?
The very nice gentleman in the store helped me choose a pattern and I could hardly wait to get started last night! It’s an easy one, a “beginner kit” so to speak. The lace is not too thin (I am knitting with size 3,5 needles = US 4), the pattern repeats itself every four rows, and the rows are not too long either.
I had found the pattern rather by chance and I have to admit it was not love at first sight – until I saw what Avelinux had made out of it. If only bright green would be my sister’s color I would have copied Avelinux’ version of the shawl without hesitation. Besides, the vendor (who was more of an advisor) convinced me that all those fancy patterns I had in mind, those lovely feathers, flowers, and spider webs, are nothing to start with as a debutant … So I am making the “Little Leaf Lace Scarf” and I love it. So far, I have knitted an inch …
By the way, did I mention that my sister’s birthday is May 7? 🙂 Hence, not much posting on my side for the next days. I need to KNIT!