Look Ma — Lace!

It’s not like I’ve never done lace before; about two months after I learned to knit, I did my first “Feather and Fan” sample.  I was pretty proud of that sample especially when my knitting guru commented that she’d never been able to keep the patterning right even after years of knitting.  Go me!  I didn’t finish that scarf, I just kept the sample as something I’d done then moved on.

Fast forward about 18 months later.  I was involved in a swap that required a handmade gift.  I was sending my giftee 2 books and thought a bookmark could be a quick, easy gift.  I searched patterns and the best looking ones in my opinion were all lace.   The one I loved the most was not only lace, but it was all charted (no written instructions).  Err … whatchutalkinbout Willis?  I’ve only ever knitted using written instructions.  😯   Added to that, even if you’ve never done lace, every knitter knows that the beauty of lace is in the blocking.  Post blocking the patterns really shine, but errr … I’d never blocked anything before.  But hey … I’m crazy like that, so I decided on the yarn then it was all guns blazing.

Since I started knitting, I’ve gotten frustrated at times but NEVER have I swore at a project and tossed it across the room.  I heard that lace could reduce Mother Theresa to a crying mess, but I didn’t think that that comment related to small projects.  How could that be?!  Well, I found out!  I started that project over 7 times.  It seemed that the more I knit it, the less I was able to count!  Really?!!!  Get outta here!!!!  I didn’t do like other knitters and have multiple cussing episodes.  I just stopped, swore, had some fruit, cooled off, then came back to it.  Like an arrogant so and so, I was trying to do it without using lace help — aka lifelines, stitch-markers or my trusty pattern holder.  Nut!!!  How arrogant was I?  🙄

I whipped out my pattern holder and used the magnets to block out the lines above and below the one I was working on.  Eureka!!!  After cooling off then doing that, I was able to knit through the first section.  Break.  Knit the second section.  Shorter break.  Then the third section, make the tassel, block the project, wait two days for drying, add the tassel, admire the little beast, ship said beast to recipient then wait for the reviews.  I opted not to starch it but the recipient can if she wants to.  Reviews: she loved it!!!!!!  😀

Just to prove that I’m not making this up, here’s the little bugger in all its lacey glory. 

Look Ma — lace!!!!!

Project Details

  • Name: Leaf Me Alone — I’m Reading (Lace Bookmark)
  • Pattern Designer: Leigh Myers
  • Pattern Modifications: None technically, except I knit the project on the wrong sized needles (5 instead of 3) so it came out longer than the designer’s sample.  Next time, I’ll do it my way but only do one repeat then the ending chart to shorten it up a bit.
  • Yarn: Knitpicks Felici (in Tyrian Purple)
  • Yardage Used: 27 yards (excluding the do-overs)
  • Number of “There’s only room for one of us in this house, yield or be broken!!!!” episodes: 1

And whatdoyouknow … even after all that, I’m getting ready to do some more lace.  A wash-cloth next time — that should be interesting!  😛

Stay tuned.  🙂

9 thoughts on “Look Ma — Lace!

  1. Kim Sonksen July 14, 2012 / 2:03 am

    Well for starters, that bookmark is stunning!
    I could have written your post word by word because I “suffered” the same with my first attempt. Dude, was I cussing and ignoring the lifeline…..I guess we all need to go through that transition 🙂
    It will get easier after that!

    • Nicky July 15, 2012 / 2:21 pm

      LOLOL 😀 I guess we do. Thanks for your encouragement, I really appreciate it.

  2. Creatively Motivated July 12, 2012 / 1:31 pm

    Very nice gift. Looks good. So good in fact you can just skip the washcloth and jump right to the lace sweater. 😉
    -Nizzy

    • Nicky July 13, 2012 / 9:11 pm

      LOL!!! Thanks so much for the vote of confidence! I’m off to find a beginner’s sweater. 😳

  3. Christina July 9, 2012 / 11:44 am

    The lace looks perfect! I myself prefer charts for lace and such as I’m very visual and they help me to see what should happen and which stitch dancing out of pattern… But perhaps it’s just being used to it. Knitting instructions in German tend to be verrrry concise and if you can put something into a chart, there will be just a chart, so it’s “yield or be broken”… 😉

    • Nicky July 9, 2012 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you Christina!
      By the time I got to the 8th start, the chart and I were becoming best friends — although a little unwillingly by me. 😀 I agree — it’s just a matter of getting used to charts. One day I’m going to win the lace fight so the project, not me will have to yield!!! LOLOL!

  4. Opal @ Celebrate Life July 9, 2012 / 6:57 am

    Oh that’s lovely, you did a great job. I know she was thrilled. It’s been years since I made a knitted bookmark, perhaps I’ll make one soon. It’s a nice little project to do, when I’m not working on one of my big pieces.

    I love the play on words too… “leaf me alone”. 😉

    • Nicky July 9, 2012 / 8:35 am

      I love the play on words too; I think that helped me fall in love with the pattern.

      Thanks for the encouragement re the finished product. 😀

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