Visions #2

So, a week just disappeared there, didn’t it. Well, it wasn’t all that unexpected. I knew beforehand that going to Sweden for the weekend probably would drain my resources to some extent but then life decided to throw me a few extra curve balls to deal with and basically I ended up spending most of my energy last week on them.

It also meant that all my grand visions fell apart but I’m pretty used to brushing off the dust and get right back on the horse, so let’s see what it would be great to get done during the next week.

The Pattern

I looked for and found my old notes for the pattern I wanted to write but they turned out to be pretty much like an old-fashioned Victorian knitting pattern. Something along ‘cast on x number of stitches, knit the asters stitch pattern, add crocheted edging’. Nothing about which yarn I used or how I did the edging. Needless to say I would rather be knitting than playing yarn detective so I decided to settle on a different project for my first pattern and make sure to write down as it comes along.

Here is the project I chose. I call it Mondello. It’s the name of the village close to Palermo in Sicily where everyone goes to enjoy the beautiful beach. The colors of the yarn reminded me of the colors of the ocean there.

So far I’m done with the edging which is the 1851 Wedding Veil Lace from the book Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller. It consists of an insertion and an edging put together which gives you a pattern repeat of 84 rows. For the center of the shawl I have had several ideas. I’m still not excactly sure what I’ll be doing but I’m thinking short rows and the stitch pattern Old Shell also know as Old Shale. No matter what I choose to do, I’ll first have to pick up stitches along the lace edging and that’ll be plenty of work.

The Plunder

Going to Stickfest i Väst always means visiting Torget [the square or the market in Swedish] where different yarnshops, indie dyers etc. set up stalls and tempt us with their delicious wares. I usually go for things that are not easily available in the yarn stores here in Denmark and as usual I ended up with many exciting new things. I promise I’ll show them to you sometime next week and tell you excactly what they are and how to get them. Maybe I’ll even do a swatch or two from them.

Alright, those are my tiny visions for next week. Hopefully life will take it easy and not get too much in the way.