Archive for March, 2010

No Pastels, Please

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I’ve been getting a deluge of spring catalogs in my mailbox. I do most of my shopping online, so I get a lot of catalogs, let me tell you. They’re mainly for clothing, and I’m seeing the endless parade of women’s clothing in insipid, washed-out pastels. Girly pink. Baby blue. Lavender. Pale yellow.


On top of it all, I’m seeing a lot of ruffles and frilly nonsense — nothing I would be caught dead wearing. I will, however, wear lace. Some lace. Not frothy, frou-frou lace, but Lace with a capital “L.” Lace that looks something like this:

FO Worn

Pattern: Strangling Vine Lace Scarf.  The pattern is a four-row lace repeat, which you can memorize easily.  I’ve christened my version the Isadora Duncan Scarf since the friend who gave me the yarn questioned the wisdom of knitting a scarf with the word strangling in the pattern title.

Yarn: Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash, Blue Curacao, approximately 190 yards.   The intensity of the color is phenomenal.

Needles: US size 3, Addi Turbo Lace.  These are the ne plus ultra of knitting needles.  I cherish mine in a way that’s almost lascivious.

Size: Before blocking: 32″ by 4.25″ ; After blocking 46″ by 4.5″

FO Worn 2

I get high blocking lace.  It’s the most amazing transformation.  All the lumpy stitches behave themselves and lie flat, and all the yarn overs open up to show off those well-behaved stitches.  I can see the allure of knitting larger lace pieces like shawls and stoles.

I’m wearing this to work tomorrow (I’m thinking with a plain ivory or white sweater).  I want to skip down the hallway,  “Lookit what I made!  Isn’t it awesome?”

Thankfully, my co-workers humor me.