Discovering Anne Hanson's designs was akin to opening the windows on a bright spring morning. Suddenly the knitting was flooded, no - AWASH in possibility and delight. Lace, especially, had never held any appeal before tripping over Knitspot patterns. But that is all behind me now - and it seems as though I have lace projects tucked away in every corner. Remember, UFO's are a REAL problem around here.
One pattern in particular has captured my heart - ' Honeybee Stole'.
This is Wooly Wonka lace merino - the softest, buttery color.
I've been working on this piece for a very long time. Because I was arrogant clueless, I ignored Anne's directions to do a provisional cast-on. (collective blogger gasps!) Yes, that's right. I was so excited about the yarn and the pattern that I cast on in my usual fashion and started knitting lace . . . aaaahhh.
Also, I neglected to use the fiber life line. So when the inevitable struck, I had no where to go - no safety net to drop into. I was out on my proverbial lace limb ALONE. As I struggled to retrace my steps, the stitches literally wiggled off of the needles and disappeared.
It was a bad day. Because this pattern is knit in two pieces and joined at the center, the provisional cast on IS a necessity. (Never question authority when it comes to lace knitting!) I am left with a beautiful first half of the Honeybee Stole which ends on I-don't-know-which-row. This is a problem. So I bagged it. One wants to believe in resurrection, but there is a real possibility that this stole may never be completed. Perhaps one of these days I will be lucky enough to sit with a Lace Guru who can lead me out of the woods! Until then, it feels like a sewing and quilting day!