I can hardly believe I turn the big four-oh this year. Yep I’m turning 40.
Something else I can hardly believe: it’s been more than a year since I wrote a blog post. When I read this on blogs I always wonder what gives? For me there’s a short answer. Thirty-nine wasn’t good to me. There were high points, but mostly it was a truly hard year. I’m glad it’s over. Hey 40. Let’s do this.
A million years ago I promised an updated Lotus Ring pattern. I corrected the pattern last summer, but forgot to post. The problem was a single pesky yarn over located on the wrong side of a stitch marker. Since then several knitters on Ravelry have made Lotus Ring using the updated pattern with impressive results. It’s always good to get several finished user projects to boost confidence – both yours and mine- in my editing.
Two favorite Lotus Ring projects were made by Raveler chezlouie. One is lacy and delicate knit in Buffalo Wool Co. “Lux”, and the other appears bulky and very warm knit in an 8 ply wool. Click to see. Worth it.
In other news, I’m knitting a Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes. I’ve knit several of the “most popular” shawl projects on Ravelry. It’s a mystery what sends a pattern into the popular page stratosphere. Like many of Ravelry’s most revered patterns Holden is very simple. You can bust one out in no time at all.
Holden uses an old school motif called “fan shell.” You can find it on p. 206 of A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker. Various other stitch dictionaries contain this pattern, and the one Mindy uses streamlines instructions to the most essential stitches. Perhaps Mindy herself edited it. It’s terrific.
I’m nearly finished knitting my Holden, and I can’t help contemplating using fan shell in a new way. So of course I stopped and swatched. A good idea came to me. I hope it’s a really good idea. If it is I can’t wait to share it with you.