I was going to post about my current main project yesterday, on Wednesday—I even took pictures—but the day got… out of hand soon after that. Best laid plans and all that.
Anyway, I was sent home from the June TNNA in Columbus with a luscious hank of lace weight Black Pearl from The YarnSisters, and the request for a shell-themed shawl design. My hank doesn’t have a label on it, but from looking at the photos I’d guess it’s the color called White Sands. To me it isn’t white at all, but a delicate shell pink/peach color. It’s super soft, glows like it’s lit from within, and knits up like a dream.
I found a beautiful little oyster stitch (perfect!), but the instructions didn’t give the results shown in the picture. I fiddled with the stitch until I was happy with it. A shawl of just oyster shells would be a bit boring to knit. Clearly it needed a nice border. I remembered a lovely dolphin border I’d seen, played with that a bit, fiddled with it a bit more, because, as usual, it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I added some delicate faggoting here and there, and viola!
As of last night, this doesn’t really look much different. I don’t know if you can see them in the photo, but I started experimenting with beads. You see, after I got through a couple of repeats, I liked the basic design well enough, but it seemed to need a little something. Perhaps a beady little something. There are a couple different beads near the top edge. They are the results of stash diving. They’re pretty, but not quite what I’m looking for. Back to the stash for those beads. I took myself along to the bead shop in town yesterday afternoon, and came home with two more choices. I’ll let you know what I decide to do about beads later.
In the meantime, I clearly need to do some more swatching. Though I like the look over all, the dolphin border still isn’t quite what I am looking for. I’ve tweaked the chart a bit again just now. The design clearly needs more faggoting as well, and less blank space between the oysters and the faggoting. I’ve also decided against the provisional cast on that I originally started with, and was so gung-ho about. Later today will see me frogging that lace, and starting over.
I saw this on Facebook recently, in the Love Meow group. It describes me perfectly—just ask my dear Dave, who frequently gives me very strange looks because of something I’ve just done: