When I was in Scotland back in May, I found this lovely soft blue yarn. I'd been thinking about knitting up an infinity scarf for ages but I hadn't found the right yarn until then. Rowan Creative Worsted, it was soft, fluffy, and with 25% alpaca, I knew it was going to be warm. I couldn't wait to get it home and start.
|Ravelry project page|
When I got it home, I couldn't settle on how to go about knitting up an infinity scarf. It was before I'd joined Ravelry and I hadn't really found a pattern in a knitting book, but I also hadn't really looked that hard for one. I put it aside to think on later. I'd get an idea in my head and cast on thinking I'd finally figured it out, only to be frustrated with it and frog the whole thing later. I must have started four or five times, and if I had to cast on 200 or more stitches one more time I think I might have lost it.
Finally one day while I was browsing through the patterns on Ravelry, I came across The Lonely Tree Shawl. I'd only ever attempted one other lace pattern on a hat, but it was fun, and the blue yarn would be okay with the pattern so I thought why not?
|half way through|
It was a super quick knit. I had a lot of fun with it, even when my mother kept moving my pattern keeper and I had to keep trying to figure out where I was in the lace charts. I was really surprised with how it blocked. Washing was simple. Blocking wasn't complicated; it just took time and patience. I've thought several times about buying blocking wires to make it easier, but I'll wait and see how often I knit lace. I used cotton twine in place of wires which allowed for a good deal of flexibility in maneuvering it into shape.
|you can see the white strings|
|all pinned and waiting to dry|
What have new thing have you tried lately?
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