Sunday, February 05, 2006

Creative Festival / Lace / Flowers

My friend, Meike, and I went to the Creative Festival yesterday. This is an annual craft show with a lot of quilting and sewing and a little yarn and knitting. I even saw some drop spindles which I am dying to try out.

One booth had a lot of fine lace perhaps knit out of alpaca which I was drooling over. It made me want to put in the time and effort to learn some lace patterns. I have some kidsilk haze in my stash that would make a lushous lace scarf. I saw the branching out scarf on knitty and thought that might make a good first lace project. What is a good first lace pattern?

I did start the Meadow Flowers Shawl (p. 22) from Knitter's Stash (ISBN: 1-931499-66-7) which you can see above. It starts at the bottom and increases to make the triangle, which leaves the project moving along quickly at the beginning and increasingly slower. This might not be a good pattern for me because n0w I have quite a few stitches on my needles, and I am intimidated by them. That is why I am thinking that a narrow scarf might make a better learning project than this one.

On another topic entirely, not even knitting related, I got blooms on my amaryllis! Every plant I try to grow that doesn't die from my lack of green thumb, will be eaten by the cats (esp. Dexter, see profile for picture.) So, someone suggested I try an amaryllis, that they were great for people who have trouble growing plants. Dexter did gnaw on it at first, but I guess it didn't taste very good, because he leave it alone now. Voila! I have some organic shapes and some lively color to brighten up my house. I have some other bulbs (I believe they are hyacinths) that I am going to start on next.


At 8:05 AM, Blogger angelic face said...

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At 8:50 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Hey Erica - The Branching Out scarf is probably a good beginning lace project. I started with the Flower Basket shawl which was kind of a challenge, but turned out fine. I also have the Elizabeth I scarf patterns from KnitPicks if you want to see them, and there are some nice lace shawls in Folk Shawls.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Jenifer said...

Hey Erica -- it was fun seeing you yesterday! I saw that same scarf ... it was nice! I haven't done branching out, but I bet it's pretty much a good place to start. You could easily substitute any lace panel pattern from a BW book (which you know the library has all the copies of), too, if you wanted. FYI -- I'm not sure I'd do kidsilk haze on my first lace project, it's somewhat unmanageable. I suggest using a sockweight yarn first, and then when you get comfortable with the whole lace thing delve into kidsilk haze. Just an opinion. Take care!

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Erica said...

Alex & Jenifer:
I'll definitely check out Folk Shawls and the BW books. And I have a number of sock yarns that will work beautifully! Thanks for your suggestions.


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