13 January 2011

What's that saying about not being able to see the forest for the trees?  I think that's how it goes.  Tuesday night at the SKG meeting, one of my new friends asked me if I had ever written my own pattern.  I was a little distracted while I was talking to her since I had just cast on a project that I'm knitting up for a far away Ravelry friend that's going through a tough health battle right now.  I told her no, and that I probably wouldn't for a long time since I didn't feel like I was quite ready for that milestone yet.....and all the while I'm trying to figure out how to get the math to work so the lace pattern I'd like to use for this special project fits within my stitch count, and how many stitches I need to cast on to get the most use out of my yarn, and what my gauge is, and what I'd like to call this really neat thing when it's all finished and sent off in the mail for it's recipient.

It's now Thursday and, HELLO, I do believe that what I have been doing for the last 2 days, although unbeknownst to me, is working up my very first original creation.  Why am I always the last to know?  I'm often out of the loop on a lot of things but I don't usually leave myself out of said loop.  Good grief, I am a complete dork.

So, depending on how this top secret knit turns out, I think I may post it as a FREE pattern here on the blog.  It won't be anything stupendous but it's a start and something to be proud of, right?

The kal scarf is on hiatus until after our Portland trip this weekend.  Lace knitting just isn't conducive to visiting with 200 knitters while travelling and shopping.  We'll share our adventure and lots of photos when we get back!



  1. Can't wait to see what your are "cooking up" with your new pattern! And you CAN do lace knitting with 200 friends, you would just have loads of mistakes ;)

  2. Have a great time this weekend. Your progress in the knitting world never ceases to amaze me. I've printed out the Kalendar Shawl but have to wait because I've picked up the Forest Path Stole again and I've started a new sweater. But I'm really excited to start at a later date. They all look beautiful. Hugs,

  3. I can't wait!!! I can't wait!!!

    I think it's just the beginning...you'll be rubbing elbows with all kinds of lace designers.

  4. I'm afraid I'm going to greatly disappoint everyone ~ it's not anything breath-taking or amazing by any means. It's a pretty basic knit ~ I just figured out the math to make it work for what I wanted to do with a very simple lace stitch. That's all, nothing more. I think I'm going to let you all down!

  5. I, for one, like basic! And many of the patterns that seem to take the knitting world by storm aren't really all that complicated. They're quite simple, but are just a slightly different take on what people are used to. You will disappoint no one.

    As an aside, next Saturday at Serial Knitters in Kirkland, Sivia Harding is teaching a lace design class. I think Evelyn Clark does, and I believe Franklin does as well, although no one out here has had him teach that particular class.

    Designing Lace Workshop
    With Sivia Harding
    Saturday, January 22
    (with a 1-hour break for lunch)
    $75 plus supplies
    Sivia gives you the tools to access your inner designer in this gentle and supportive workshop. You will learn all the skills you need to design your own top-down triangle shawl. She will share her perspective on lace knitting, working with beads and finessing your lace.
    In this class, we examine the structure of the basic top-down triangle shawl and insert our choice of lace patterns to create an original design, with an eye to shaping, esthet-ics and flow. Charting patterns, shaping lace in pattern, modulation from one pattern to another and types of edg-ings will be discussed. Students receive the benefit of Sivia’s years of experience designing innovative lace shawls and exceptional beaded lace.
    This workshop is the perfect blend of lace design skills, inspiration and discovery.

    Can you tell I am taking the class???