Friday, May 05, 2006

My first Shetland Lace project

After seeing many photos of beautiful Shetland Lace shawls knitted by Maureen Taylor I decided a few weeks ago to give it a try. I started with Elizabeth Lovick's Shetland Lace Workshop (at Maureen's suggestion) and a skein of leftover blue Superfine Alpaca. (I won't even discuss the number of time I had to frog it before I discovered that the yarn was less likely to slip off bamboo needles.) It sure didn't look like much on the needles!

Everyone says not to give up hope... that once blocked, lace will take on its shape and the design will come through. I didn't' really believe it, but here are the results:

This is an extremely simple pattern (New Shell) ... I have already cast on for the next one (Horseshoe), which looks exponentially more difficult. Eventually I hope to be able to do a shawl, but that's like anticipating calculus when you're still in kindergarten!


Clare said...

Great job! My lace scarf if officially aan UFO! Maybe it's an Elizabethian pattern and I'm not in an Elizabethian frame of mind?

Reluctant Penguin said...

If I can do it, YOU can do it!