It was many years before I was brave enough to try lace work. I will never forget going to a workshop at the wonderful WhistlebareYarns and after we had chosen our yarn and settled down I saw a line that could have been written in Arabic for all I understood it. I panicked. I looked at the women around me who were all happily clicking away. And then I got to the dreaded line, it was line 9 I can remember it well.
My heart headed south faster than a swallow in autumn. But do you know what it was dead easy! Just follow the instructions and keep knitting. It does help to have pencil and paper to record where you are up to. I rather like these as well.
Also if you are easily distracted, don’t do the lace row when you are watching television or people are trying to talk to you. It is the Devil’s own job to frog a lace row!
When people look at lacework so many of them take a deep in breath and declaim they couldn’t possibly do that. But in all honesty all lacework is is a planned pattern of holes! I think we can all put our hand on our hearts and say we can make holes in knitting. If you can knit, purl and wind yarn around a needle you can do lacework!
This is my work in progress using the silk and baby camel hair (just writing that makes me go all gooey) I bought from Dye Ninjaat Loch Ness Knit Fest. The pattern is Rogue Wrap by Helen Dillon (available on Ravelry) and is a doddle to knit, particularly when using such gorgeous yarn.
Only a short post today as the weather is awful and it feels like a knitting kind of day!
Love Gillie x
P.S. Don’t worry if you lacework looks like a dishrag! All lacework looks like a dishrag until it is blocked (well mine does!).