so a while ago i made a big deal about this whole exploration of shetland lace knitting, and how i wanted to try and get to the bottom of it, and get all historical about it. i started the stonington shawl, and its a really lovely piece, but well, i got bored. part of my reasoning for committing to the shetland project was to stop the dizzy feeling i was getting from all the beautiful little shawls that were doing the rounds, and i liked the feeling of not paying attention to them for a while, but now im being distracted. the first floozy to turn my head was the girasole, enabled by the wollmeise lace:
its coming along beautifully, and is a really simple relaxing knit, and the yarn is just gorgeous, and its a kind of shetland, so i thought maybe it didnt count. but it appears i am on a slippery slope off the no-shawl wagon, not at all helped by yet another birthday gift, this one from the jetsetting knitabulous:
oh yes, my very own piece of paris, 100g of gorgeous alpaca from la droguerie.
i think it wants to be the celaeno shawl from romi hill’s seven shawls booklet. minus the beads. i have also been seduced away from my personal sock club, again distracted by the bright shiny wollmeise. i cast on for rick socks, opting for magic loop rather than DPNs,
but there is a yarn over at the end of every stitch repeat, which means at the end of each needle, and that threw my stitch count out, and something just wasnt right!
i need some advice though. the pattern for these is in STR on 2.5mm with a 60 stitch cast on. the wollmeise is thinner than the STR, and i have a hefty calf, so i wanted to up the cast on amount. cookie’s sizing advice is just to go up or down one pattern repeat, but thats 12 stitches. i but the bullet and cast on 72 rather than 60, but i think its still too many. im really not sure what to do.
perhaps if i wasnt so distracted by pretty shiny things i might get the hang of knitting maths!