So, this obscure Canadian blogger, whose name I can't seem to remember just this minute (Fiber Tart? Wool Strumpet? Something like that), has come up with a fun play-along-at-home game for knitters. You're to cast on for a project during the opening ceremonies of the Torino Olympics, and push yourself to finish before the games are over. It's a cute idea, but really, nobody reads her (what IS her name? Thread Trollop?), and I'm worried that no one will sign up and it'll never get off the ground. Too bad, because it seems like it would be fun.
Heh. Did I fool you? I'm talking, of course, about the inimitable Yarn Harlot, and the fearsmomely popular Knitting Olympics she's got going. I'm a bit late to the game, but I joined today - my goal will be to knit this lovely thing.
This is Frost Flowers and Leaves, from Meg Swansens' collection A Gathering Of Lace. I wish a better picture, which included a good shot of the motifs, was available, but this will have to do -
I searched for finished shawls, but my sorely lacking Google Blogsearch skills failed me. I just remembered - Tia finished a gorgeous one in July! You can really see the beautiful center pattern in her photo.
You know the drill - I'm going to downsize the Hee-YUGE piece with My Favorite Cobwebweight Lace Yarn (Merino Oro, of course) and smaller needles, maybe something like 2.25 or 2mms. I'm thinking a dusty rose color - or maybe, if I'm feeling nutty the day I buy it, a deep claret shade. Would be fun to wear with black pinstripes, yes?
I do anticipate this being a challenge. I'm guesstimating that it will take the same number of stitches as, say, the Fir Cone Square, which I finished in exactly 14 days, but the lace pattern is a lot more interesting for Frost Flowers. Where the Fir Cone had a center square with a simple, small, repetitive pattern that took all of three days to finish, this one looks to be a larger, more complex pattern from the start, which will be harder to memorize and impossible to knit on autopilot.
Insanity is totally underrated.
Right now, I'm knitting this:
It doesn't look like much, now, but the chart I'm drawing as I knit goes on to great things. Well, maybe. I don't know yet. We'll see when there's a little more substance to judge.
More Deep V Pattern Notes
My continuing thanks to everyone who's purchased or is considering buying the pattern, and to everyone who's said nice things about it. A couple quick things:
- There has been some demand for the pattern in larger sizes. I'm drawing the charts tonight for 44", 46", 48" and 50" busts, and they will be available as a seperate file included with any further purchases. If you've already bought and received your pattern, but you'd like the extra file, just let me know and I'll be happy to email you the download information. Please give me a day or so, though - I don't use any software to put these together; it's just me and my calculator and my graph paper (well, the graph paper is in PhotoShop, but still). Thanks for your patience.
- Everyone who has purchased a pattern should, one way or another, have it in their hands by now. Please let me know if you don't, and I'll remedy the situation right away.