Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIP: Summer Flies

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Last Friday I bound off Ptarmigan and immediately felt a hankering for another quick lace project, so I wound a skein of merino/cashmere/nylon blend fingering weight and cast on for a Summer Flies.  I had seen probably a dozen beautiful versions from my Eastside knit group starting over a year ago, and finally a few months ago I caved in and bought yarn for it.  I knew that I wanted it to be frilly and sweet, so I went with pink, a colorway called Cactus Blossom in Sun Valley Fibers MCN Fingering.

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As you can tell, I got hooked.  This is a very simple and fast little pattern with a great result - my one complaint is that it's not offered as a chart in addition to the written instructions.  Line-by-line instructions are intuitive to some people, but I end up getting frustrated with them because I don't have a sense of the overall look, a problem which is nicely remedied by charts.  (I thought I just sucked at lace knitting when I first started, because written instructions confused the hell out of me.)  The stitch patterns were simple enough that it wasn't too bad though, and I really love the finished shawl.

I have a whole lot of WIPs going right now, because I still can't use my blocking boards, so I keep on finishing things, sticking them in a basket until they can be blocked, and starting new things.  I'm hoping to fix that soon, and then I'll have a huge backlog of finished things to share! 

1 comment:

helloknitty.net said...

Since I moved to Texas and no longer have a dedicated space for blocking I have become horrible about it. I have a huge backlog of projects, including a couple designs. Oops.