i ran into a slight hitch with the whole ‘casting on a new lace shawl in wollmeise’ thing: the dreaded circular cast on (insert threatening music here). ive never done one, and didnt really realise what was involved. the first thing i did was sit down with Victorian Lace Today to try and work out their version,
and i could get the first part, but that was about it, so i switched to emily ocker’s from knitters almanac,
and i could do the first part there too but then i couldnt get the second and third loops to actually appear on the hook. obviously, i was missing something. so i scoured the trusty internet and found a youtube video for emily ocker’s cast on, and i could see most of what she was doing, but she skipped over a couple of really crucial points and i just couldnt swing it. by then i was in tears of frustration. 2 hours of precious knitting time, gone. trent tried to help me even (there was a crochet hook in his hand, i swear) and i think he would have got it actually, but then the whole transferring to DPNs opened a whole other can of worms.
finally, i appealed to the social networking universe and thanks to shelley and tia, was directed to this link at theresa in norway, who thankfully had explained how to do it step by micro step, with some little tricks, and still photos rather than a video which is just so hard to deal with when you have needles and yarn in hand.
finally, a circular cast on was born:
thats as far as ive gotten, i was too scared to touch it again. so i spent last night finishing the lily of the valley scarf:
i have just finished grafting it together, and will try and block it this afternoon:
on a side note, todays pictures are courtesy of my second early birthday present, a new camera:
(yoghurt container included for scale!). its from trent. its soooo great, i just love it. our old nikon coolpix must be about 8 years old and is falling apart, and i cant take his big nikon digital SLR to the US, and this one fits right in my pocket. it takes great pictures too (though i am still learning about all the settings). i tried to capture the storm that just rolled in:
not quite, but you get the idea. you can expect to see plenty more picture heavy posts in the future!
but after i have a little lie down for a while. who knew knitting could be so stressful?!