Thursday, June 2, 2011

On the needles: Lilac Leaf Shawl

A few months ago I went to the Fabric & Fiber show in Sanford, NC, and bought some wonderful yarns from The Unique Sheep. One was a skein of super fine alpaca in a colorway called "Rainforest" -- shades of green. I'm knitting the "Lilac Leaf Shawl" pattern from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia. Right now I'm still on the border and have been frogging regularly. Part of the problem is the thinness of the easy to lose a stitch or grab 2 instead of one. I started out with an old nylon circular needle, the only size 5 I had available. I've now got a new Addi needle with the lace tip so things should go more smoothly now. I'm almost finished with the border and the body is much simpler...none of those Estonian nupps to deal with. Unfortunately, when I finish the body, I'll have to make a 2nd border. Hopefully by that time I won't be as mistake prone! I'll have photos when I finish knitting and blocking.