I'm ready to try my hand at some lace, but a runner, shawl, tablecloth, curtains seem to run contrary to my Viking, pillage and plunder ancestry. Update is below.
Don't get me wrong, I have great respect for doilies and antimacassars and teapot cozies - especially in winter when the fire goes out.
I cast a baleful eye on the choices laid out in a web-search for something to make...then, lo and behold...a WIFE-BEATER! Be still, my heart!
Has anyone made the Lover Tank By Sarah Briscoe? Is there a better and wiser lace stitch? Technical suggestions, fibers, idiosyncrasies, things to avoid, lurid details of what you did in yours?
I will need to make some size adjustments, but the English Mesh lace looks near enough to what I had in mind. My business model for knitting for bodybuilders may have another entry.
UPDATE: I found a suitable yarn, one that several knitters at Seaport Yarns recommended for similar use in other garments worn by the hirsute...Cotton Fleece from Brown Sheep. 80% Cotton and 20% Merino. Has a great hand, and knits up to gauge for the pattern. As usual, I'm doing it in the round, and I am using a sewing machine to steek the top curves. Fire Engine Red. The mesh looks like a winner. Was working on it at lunch at the gym...the questions I fielded and the attention it got bodes well.
UPDATE #2 - Today I was seduced, hog-tied and had my frontal lobes shut down. Not from Fleet Week, or some other distractions walking about town. I clapped eyes on Colibri, a Spanish fiber of cotton and acrylic, that has the cotton running as very thick and thin slubs. Like all the Latinos I like, this one is cafe con leche on the outside, sensual and, MIOS DIOS!, a heart-breaker on the inside. Stockinette looks like Burnt Out, the cotton fabric that appears to be 100 years worn, but still strong and supple. I spent the day playing with my new friend...heh, heh, heh!