Chances were slim…but not impossible

Ever the optimist, I gave my self a knitting challenge that I was quite certain I could not accomplish. On August 26 I cast on for a beautiful lace stole pattern, Love on the Edge. It gets it’s name from the beautiful hearts along the outer edges of the stole. When I first saw it I was smitten. The project is so delicate looking. I thought it would be the perfect accessory for an upcoming wedding that I’m attending.

Unfortunately I himmed and hawwed before actually purchasing the pattern and so, didn’t get a start until possibly too late.

The biggest challenge of the project lies in the fact that the pattern is a translation from Dutch. Never before has the adage “lost in translation” been so literal. The pattern doesn’t have the usual verbal flow of a knitted pattern, so I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the instructions mean.

I’m happy to report that I think I’ve got it mostly figured out, now speed is my only limiter. Sadly, lace knitting is not really known for it’s speedy quality.

Despite my doubts, I bound off my stole last night! Now for a good blocking and it’ll be already to be packed with the rest of my things this weekend!

Stay tuned for blocked photos!

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Grinding to a Halt

Last weekend I went to the Knitter’s Fair in KW and it was awesome, in every sense of the word. There was so much yarn-y goodness it was daunting and a bit overwhelming. At first I didn’t think I’d be able to actually commit to a purchase there were so many options (don’t’ worry, I got over that fear).

I took my advice and made (almost) a complete round of the booths before laying down cash. (Yup, I was good and left the plastic at home. ) I tried spend on  yarns or other items that I don’t normally have access to, or yarns that I’ve been dying to try.

Here’s my yarn haul.

String Theory Caper Sock Yarn
Colour: Labradorite
Yarn: Merino 80% Cashmere 10% Nylon 10% (so soft!!)

Skein Sock Yarn
Colour: Sea Salt
Yarn: Merino 85% Nylon 15%

madelinetosh light
Colour: Opaline
Yarn: merino 100% single ply

Now that I have all these new treats, I have ever more project ideas floating around. And not just patterns that I think would maybe be nice to knit, but patterns that I have everything to cast on right now!

Turnalar Socks which I’ll use Cascade Heritage Silk in Italian Plum and Malabrigo Sock in Lettuce for.

Thanks mom….that purple/green colour combination stuck with me. 

Marin, which to be fair, was already in my queue, but now I have the yarn to do it. Methinks madeline tosh light is just the thing.

However…despite having all these fabulous new yarns to play with and new patterns to try out, I can’t. All knitterly endeavours shall be suspended until I finish this shawl.

It’s my Love on the Edge shawl. I’m hoping to will have it finished for an upcoming event. The shawl is beautiful, the yarn is delightful, but the project in general is starting to become the bane of my existence. Nothing like a firm deadline to take the fun out of knitting.

This bag now goes with me everywhere. I’ve been trying to squeeze in a few rows whenever I get the chance. Thankfully, this is paying off and I’m almost done the body. Almost.

Fingers crossed the border isn’t too slow.