About, oh, six months ago or so, I posted regarding the lessons my first lace project were teaching me. As I recall, MMario chastised me at the time for not posting any pictures. Well, it's finally pinned out blocking, and I'm (hopefully) attaching a couple of pictures. I hope the pictures do it justice. Photography with a cell phone is always an iffy proposition!
The thing turned out to be almost 9 feet long and almost 3 feet wide. As it was knitted lengthwise, I'm still amazed that that much fabric can fit on a 32" needle! No wonder I'd do a row or two and be completely exhausted!
And if I thought that blocking made a big difference in the appearance of a scarf made with a worsted weight yarn, wow, does it ever make a difference on lace! It was almost like magic watching the patterns come to life as I was pinning it out. As much as I cursed the world at times while I was working on it, the sheer amazement at seeing it now, having transformed from a shriveled mess to something which strikes me as particularly comely has really made me forget about all that, and I can't wait to try it again. I suppose this is why I find so many lace knitters on this site!
The pattern was part of a KAL at my local yarn shop, which actually originally contained five sections, but I bound it off after four, as what started as a Christmas present for my neighbor eventually became a birthday present, and , well, her birthday is Saturday, so I figured that was good enough. Besides, the KAL ended about four months ago, so I figure I'm just a little too slow a knitter to take part in such things presently.
It was knitted on Size 5 Addi Turbo Lace needles with a dark green Misti Alpaca Lace yarn.
So, what now? I'm finally going to knit something for myself. I've got my eye on a vest in the "Men in Knits" book, and though my wife isn't crazy about the color I've chosen, I think it will turn out quite well (provided my seams turn out, and I can teach myself to pick up stitches...always something new to learn at this game). I'm also trying to decide which of MMario's shawls to give a go. Every time I see one, I think, "Damn, that's cool. I wish I could do that." Most would require learning to knit in the round, which I haven't done before (see? there's that learning thing again), but I'm feeling pretty confident at the moment, so I probably need to bring myself down a few notches. In any event, I'm very happy with how this turns out, and hope Judy likes it on Saturday.