I am so loving lace at the moment!
I have been knitting away at Tangerine (seriously soliciting a better name). This start-at-the-bottom-and-work up thing is brilliant!
The field pattern (shown below a bit washed out) is lovely, but I am a short attention span knitter (who likes small gauge knitting - mild case of self loathing???). It is ideal to have the rows getting shorter and shorter. I picked up almost 450 stitches off of the 9+ feet of garter lace edging (that better block flat dammit!) and now I have about 150 stitches. Love, love, love that!
As part of my determination to not actually complete a project, I started a new lace shawl.
The folks at Lacis were looking for test knitters for an upcoming book. They are reprinting Gestrickte Spitzendecken, an old German book full of doily patterns, most written by Herbert Neibling. Large doilies can become gorgeous shawls and even blankets. Reprinting this book is a huge undertaking as it is known for having many errors in the charts.
What was I to do? You know I had to volunteer to help! Here is the original version in the book. I am knitting a triangular version. Imagine just two repeats of one square with the edging.
And, I am so glad I did. I can't put this shawl down! Seriously. Less sleep is seeming like a fine idea.
The yarn is a new lace weight yarn I am testing for Tactile. It is 100% tussah silk in a lace weight. Holy smokes! I love the yarn too! It has a little bit of texture, so it isn't crazy slippery like 100% cultivated silk. And the luster! These pictures don't do the color (darker and richer sage green) or the shine justice.
* The title is a small homage to one of my favorite childhood movies The King and I. I had a huge crush on Yul Brynner. Weird for a preteen girl now that I look back.