In my first year of knitting, way back in 2003-2004, I was intrepid. I wanted to learn all I could about yarn and stitches… I had a very patient knitting group, all of them much more experienced than I was. They helped me learn many things – and one of the best things was how to be fearless. When I wanted to start a lace pattern pretty early in my knitting career, with some of the nicest yarn I had ever worked with at the time (a gift from one of the group members) I didn’t blink. I just went for it.
Fast forward to 2010. Project was not forgotten, but was not “dealt with” so, it was continuously buried in my yarn closet. While I was pretty fearless back then, I didn’t have patience and stay power, so it was set aside for another time… and consequently never finished.
Back then, I knew nothing about construction and gauge. So, when I pulled this project out of the closet over the weekend (part of the big clean out for the wood floor installation), I decided to just deal with it. In the process of working through a few more rounds, I remembered the basic lace pattern that I had started on years ago… and I realized that this project could be repurposed and made new again – this time as a scarf or a cowl.
So, I did just that.
…and then I wrote the pattern for it…
:: Blushing Lace Cowl ::
Funny that I jumped in so readily back then, and now I don’t knit much lace (if I can help it)… but as I was knitting up one last repeat, I realized it isn’t all that bad. Of course, this is a simple lace – not charted or complicated. Easily memorized. Doable. It’s quite a liberating feeling to have a project off the needles after nearly 7 years.
…and I happen to have some more Rowan Kidsilk Haze – just enough to make another version of this cowl – that I would be happy to give away to a commenter… leave a comment if you are interested in 1.75 balls of KSH in the 606 colorway! I will choose at random on Sunday evening (October 3rd).
Socktoberfest is nigh! I am quite excited about our sixth celebration – and some 1300 people on Ravelry are also excited! It’s not too late to join the fun! You can join us anytime in October. While I am planning to cast on for the Through the Loops Mystery Socks, I also decided to get a jumpstart on another pair of socks – that’s 100% allowed in Socktoberfest! the KAL with no rules! – and I cast on with some old stashed yarn from 2006… back when Socks that Rock was in it’s infancy. This skein was a gift, and it’s been waiting in the wings for a few years, now to become the Flammegarn Socks from Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks book – a simple slipped stitch pattern with a ribbed cuff.
Bring on the socks!!