|The cat insisted she be in the photo – I swear I didn’t set it up around her. It was all I could do to keep her from sitting on the lace.|
I mentioned in a previous post that I had tried in vain to find lace knitting patterns on Ravelry. I found a few, but I had expected there to be lots. I finally broke down and went on Amazon, and discovered many books about lace knitting, including this wonderful book by Barbara Abbey (with an introductory note by Elizabeth Zimmerman!). So I have been happily knitting lace ever since.
I am new to lace knitting, so I picked a simple pattern (Fern Leaf Insertion) to try out. It’s been fun! I am enjoying seeing the pattern emerge row after row. However, it isn’t Sociable Knitting, like some projects can be. I really have to focus on what I’m doing or it gets into a horrible mess and lace stitches are nearly impossible to pick up once frogged. I made the mistake of taking it out during a birthday party once, so one panel turned out slightly different. I managed to rescue it without having to rip it out, but it was headache-inducing.
One thing that is a little brain-twisting about Barbara Abbey’s lace patterns is that she uses a different notation than I’m used to – 0 for YO, / for right-leaning decrease, 1 for K1, etc. I tried using her notation for the first rounds, and then switched to translating it into the terms I’m used to.
Clothilde has been sitting on my lap as I typed this, and she wanted to say: