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After much hemming and hawing, I've decided to do something about my irrational fear of lace. Time for a new project! I'm headed to the store to get yarn tomorrow (was going to have Mum mail me some of my stash, but the yarn I had in mind is either cobweb or single ply and [personal profile] charloween helpfully saved me from myself and suggested something with more weight) but all the patterns I'm considering require roughly the same yardage or are flexible. Top three contenders:

Clapo-Ktus- Not the most challenging lace pattern (though lacier than anything I've ever managed), but a lovely drape. Would be fun in a steely grey.

Upstairs- A lacier look, which should hold up just as well with slightly weightier yarn and possibly larger needles.

Sunshine- I love the shape, but calling this lace is stretching it.

I'm also hopelessly in love with this Shipwreck shawl from Knitty. (Don't worry, Girasole, I still drool over you on a regular basis.) It's WHOA CRAZY outside of my skill and price range, and requires way more hours than I can give right now. But so pretty! The second shot, of the shawl unfurled over the water, makes me oh so happy.

Hey pattern makers: take beautiful pictures of your pieces and I will LOVE YOU AND YOUR WORK FOREVER.

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Date: 2011-07-25 08:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] charloween
Those rectangular patterns would drive me nuts so fast. (BOR-ING. It's like the opposite of instant gratification.) Still, all three are simple enough to withstand variegated yarn.

I'd do Sunshine because it's a more interesting shape, a really simple design, and in making one you could decide if you actually do want that shape of garment in your life before making a stole.

If you want something slightly silly: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wa-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-bat-shawl

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Date: 2011-07-25 06:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] charloween
Oh, that one looks like a good one for you to start on! I'm looking forward to updates on your progress. (...Add me on Ravelry? Unlike everywhere else, my username is charlo.)

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Date: 2011-07-26 04:20 am (UTC)
charloween: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charloween
If that didn't do it, may I suggest a knitted cast-on? Ooh, and if you're not too far in, if you double the first little bit by holding the cast-on tail and your working yarn together you'll be able to avoid having a tail to weave in when you're done. (Just don't accidentally increase by knitting in to both loops on the next row.)

Oooooo also do you know how to do invisible yarn joins? I just learned, and again, it's a way to avoid having ends to weave in.

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Date: 2011-07-27 08:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] charloween
Joining! http://knitty.com/ISSUEss10/FEATss10TT.php

I keep telling myself that my next project will be with a tail neatly knitted back in.

I try to pick patterns that have at least one thing I haven't done before in order to Improve My Skillz. I still need to finish the collar on a cardigan (and sew it together), make slippers for my flatmate and make a fennel hat for a friend (both are requests), and make that Vortex shawl (out of this, colourway PT1791)... and then maybe try Estonian lace?

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