I’m fairly new to lace knitting. Having completed a couple of projects, it seems to me that staying organized is key to success. Which chart? Which row? Which motif repeat? If you’re not organized you won’t enjoy lace knitting, but if you figure out how to stay organized, lace knitting is totally addicting. TOTALLY. It is the craziest alchemy you’ll ever produce with yarn and needles. Completely, insanely awesome.
I like to curl up on the sofa, or in my favorite chair by the fire, or
even in bed when I knit. Look at me midnight knitting in bed. Naughty me.
I must stay organized, so I like to make a copy of my pattern, if from a book or magazine, and have just the page of charts or instructions I’m working nearby.
Before Christmas my DH asked what I wanted and I nearly asked for one of those snazzy chart keepers from Knitpicks. They are magnetic and awesome. You put a bar magnet at the line you’re working. The magnet keeps your chart in place AND simultaneously marks your place on the chart. A really good idea!
Sorry Knitpicks. I love your products, but your chart keeper is not likely to stay put. If I knit at the table it would be perfect, but I don’t. If I buy it surely it will become one more knitting gizmo destined for the Island of Misfit Notions.
So I didn’t ask for the chart keeper, but I need something, and yesterday
I was knitting along on some yummy lace. OMG. So. Awesome.
Warning: Topical Detour Ahead.
I’m knitting TWO Haruni shawls. Yes, TWO! One is made with Araucania Itata Multy. That’s the pink one. The blue one is Buffalo Gold Lux. OMG. Both are all kinds of wonderful knitting deliciousness. The Itata Multy is a fingering weight blend of wool, silk and bamboo. The Lux is a laceweight bison down, silk, cashmere, and tencel blend, and is simply the softest and most sumptuous bit of knitting heaven. Really, Lux is the perfect name for this yarn.
Oh gosh. I digress. Back to scheduled programming.
So I was sitting in my cozy club chair by the fire, and my chart kept slipping off my lap. I took a slim darning needle from my notions kit, and pinned my chart to my pant leg. Problem solved. For me, some of the best solutions are born of necessity, cost little or nothing, and/or repurpose something I already own.
Are you wondering why I am I knitting two Haruni shawls at the same time? Let me tell you. My Haruni twins are being knit at the same time because I want to follow the directions only once. I’m either a lazy genius, or I am totally insane. I love the colors in the Itata, but the Buffalo Gold Lux is just fantastic. I am a huge fan of 100% cashmere, but I like Lux even better! The blended fibers have the super soft hand of cashmere, but create fabric that is structurally less droopy than cashmere alone.
Hey, speaking of Buffalo Gold…It’s time for my next Moon Lite giveaway. For new readers, Moon Lite is a blend of bison down and tencel, and it is so nice! Leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST to enter. Winner receives a skein of Buffalo Gold Moon Lite, a silk project bag, and a pair of size four needles in some kind of fantastic hardwood. A little lace knitting kit. For you. Just add pattern! Contest ends Tuesday January 18th, when I select a winner by random number generator.
The giveaway is to celebrate the publication of my Prairie Rain scarf pattern in Interweave Knits. I am excited my tiny yet luxurious scarf pattern made it into a magazine! I want to share my joy. For complete rules please visit: https://mkshefti.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/buffalo-gold-premium-yarn-giveaway/
I hope YOU win!