I knew I had a Babylon Falling “Owner’s Choice” set on the way but the contents blew me away! Sean made artful picks & here’s what I have to chew on:
Here the lovelies are on my bookcase:
I feel smarter already! Big thanks to both the benefactor & the facilitator of this care package. Good push forward for month-end blues.
The Wedding Guest Shrug hit a wall. The double-stranding was a pain in the ass. I was bound to drop one half every stitch & mindless knitting was well nigh impossible. Also, the colours weren’t flowing. The silk was falling flat on the lace pattern too. I knew to call it a day when Hubby saw only a few holes. So I thought – time to frog. A few deep breaths later, I had the warring balls of silk separated. Here’s what I’ve come up with as a solution for these issues – back to basics. Keeping it at lace weight, and going with a simpler motif.
This means more work – teeny tiny needles. Ergo more time. But who am I to blow against the wind? I’ve also ditched the 1 x 1 ribbing for my preferred 2 x2. Here’s where it’s at:
The new motif is called ‘little fountain.’ It looked cute on my swatch & only has a 4 row repeat. Even if I have more stitches, the pattern is easy to remember, so I may make the deadline yet! [Yeah, if I knit every moment available, and manage to ignore the new book stash…]
I honestly cannot fault the yarn for all of this. It was a gamble going with lace-weight. The Hand Maiden is holding up very well, and is still a star. It’s taking the innovation like a pro!