Then for some reason I decided I wanted to knit a pair of socks. I thought I'd try this socknitting thing — see what all the fuss is about. I'd already fought through the porcupine dpn thing in the round by knitting a couple of watch caps in the round on size 4 mm and 5½ mm needles. And so on April 10, 2004 I bought three hanks of handpainted green Koigu and a set of Brittney five US 3 dpns at my LYS. The skinny needles and thin yarn were a challenge. I fiddled with the yarn and the needles for several weeks. I finally got a cast on and join I was pleased with almost a month after I bought the yarn and needles, on 5/7/04.
These first socks are stockinette. One of top socks was the first sock and of course, it was way too big. By then it was too late. I was hooked. I cast on less stitches for the second sock and it fit. And so I cast on for a third sock to match the second one so I'd have a matching pair. A few months later my SIL visited and I dragged out the HUGE first sock. She tried it on and it fit so I knit her the mate. Those first socks were so poorly knit that they didn't last very long.
I knit all kinds of socks in all kinds of yarn and patterns — except for lace. Who'd want socks with holes. How could THAT be warm.
I NEVER thought I'd knit LACE. I was always buying sock books so it's not surprising, I guess, that I'd get Lucy Neatby's book Cool Socks Warm Feet. I had a lot of sock books that I'd never knit from and this one was no exception. When I was ready to knit the next pair, I'd drag out all the sock books and page through them. I'd look through all the patterns I'd downloaded and copied into a word processor and thumb through my magazines.
The Mermaid socks attracted me from the first. It wasn't the lace I liked it was the short row heel. The lace was just something I had to get through with until I could get to the heel. I was in love that that heel. In the end it was the LACE that captured me. Very simple lace it is, too. The same six stitch pattern over and over, round after round. One yo and one k2tog with a couple of k2's.
Oh, I struggled with The Lace. I struggled with every bit of that sock. So simple and I just could not figure it out — until finally about a quarter of the way through the foot on the first sock I GOT it. And then by the end, I was Hooked. Again. This time with lace. These socks are my favorites.
I NEVER thought I'd knit a lace shawl. I mean, who wears shawls? I don't attend fancy do's or wear clothing that you could wear a nice lace shawl with. If I'm cold I should put on a fleece jacket.
Then one of SIL's BFF's daughter was having her first girl and the daughter wanted a delicate pink blanket with holes that the tot could hook her fingers through. She wanted my SIL to knit it but my SIL hasn't knit for decades. She does fabulous needlepoint so I volunteered to knit it. I got some frosty pink yarn I figured I could stand and found a delicate lace pattern and knit the Frosty Pink Baby blanket.
About halfway through the blanket I could see where maybe a shawl to sort of throw around your shoulders as one sat on the couch knitting or reading might not be a bad thing. I already had the laceweight yarn, although I'd purchased it with the idea of making socks.
So now I'm knitting a lace shawl. Well, more of a stole, really, but I'm calling it a shawl. And I'm looking forward to knitting the next one. It's all I want to knit on. This delicate lace. I have lace socks and a lace afghan I can knit on but I want to knit on the lace shawl.
Now on this fiber journey I never say never. I just figure that if I don't want to knit it NOW I'm just not ready to knit it, or spin it or weave it or dye it NOW. It's not so much as "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" as when the student is ready, the fiber, tools, project and desire will come together.
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Parting Shot: "Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November,
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one;
Excepting leap year, that's the time
When February's days are twenty-nine." ~ unknown