Waving Lace? Not for me!

You know you’re busy when you have to pencil in changing light bulbs, washing dishes, and going to the ATM in your planner.

Have you ever thought that it’s not really necessary to shower every day? The thought has been lingering in my head all this week. And vacuuming? I don’t know what you’re talking about, I’m perfectly happy living with fiber/hair/dust bunnies the size of grapefruits.

That’s just my way of saying, not much knitting progress has happened this week. It is in very poor form to talk about one’s job on a public forum, so I’ll just tell you that my students are keeping me very busy.

However, here is proof that there’s been at least a little bit of progress:

  

I’ve started section 6 of the Curlicue.

I’ve started and finished the bottom of the felted dog bed for Annie’s Men Who Knit (and the dogs who love them). You can see that it’s nothing like the bed’s sides – different colors, different stitch pattern, different yarn (this is worked with KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, rather than the Sierra that’s used on the sides), but I still love it!

Can we switch gears for a second and talk about socks? Grandma’s feet are cold, and I know I’ve been talking about making her a new pair of socks for a while now. What’s the hold up? Well, the original plan was to use some Periwinkle Lorna’s Laces and the Waving Lace pattern from Interweave:

  

But it’s like that scarf. Remember when everyone started knitting that scarf? Poo-poo-something? Ca-ca-something? Crap-something, that’s it! I, too, loved the scarf at first, but when everyone and their mother had started to knit one, I was no longer interested – my inner knitter changed her mind from “yeah!” to “meh.” Same thing is happening with the Waving Lace pattern – if two of my regular blog reads have knit them, and then my Sockapal-2-za sock pal knit them for me, and I see a completed pair on someone’s blog at least once a week, the pattern is no longer for me.

What to do? Good thing last week I received Nancy Bush’s new book, Knitting Vintage Socks. Although I still like Knitting on the Road better, this one does have a few patterns to work with.

   

I say, “work with” quite deliberately – a lot of the patterns have calf shaping, which doesn’t appeal to me, or sizing that would need to be adjusted for grandma’s footsies, or different toes, heels, etc. But, it’s something, and it’s not the Crapotee. Yet.

And the dishes? Still not washed.

0 thoughts on “Waving Lace? Not for me!

  1. Melissa

    That blanket just keeps getting more interesting. I don’t think the schematic gives away too much. It’s kind of reassuring that there’s some unit that repeats five times. Now to find out someplace that sells oat couture…

  2. Saun

    In case you need to frog,I would suggest periodically running some waste yarn through a row on the needle before you knit it and leaving it in until you finish that section. That way if you ever have to frog (hopefully not) then you can just frog back to the waste yarn and pick up that row.

  3. Karma

    Sounds like this is one of those projects where you can not — no matter what comes up — put it down until you finish a section. Until you’ve done a few sections and start feeling cocky. :) Heh. If anyone’s up for this challenge, it’s you!

  4. Kim

    Man.. that is nuts… this makes for great blogging though.. it’s like.. almost a sport… We’re rooting for you and everything!

    And all this “To be continued” is very on the edge of your seat!

    Who knew knitting could be so exciting!

    Personally I like the yarn.. I think it’ll show off all the hard work more than a darker color.

    I hope I’m not the only one who used the mouse to count around the “wedges” on the schematic… I don’t know why I did.. I just know that I had to.

    Go Grump GO!

  5. jody

    oooh fun! i think i’d be intrigued to get the first 5 wedges done to see how everything connects, and then i’d lose steam.

    as a bonus though it looks like there’s no much sewing (maybe just the last wedge to the first?

    and knitting on the border as you go is great. even though the pattern has its challenging moments it does seem to have a lot going for it too!

  6. beth

    complicated- but you are the woman for the job! and – might i say- 1 section in 1 day- now, i’m no math expert- but we should see the finished project in -oh- 15 days?! ;-) Fun to watch. I enjoy your blog! have a great day!

  7. Janice in GA

    I saw this pattern in my LYS and thought it was intriguing. It appears to be formed like the Crystal Cove pullover by Jill Vosburg. I tried that one, and the only tricky bit for me is that my gauge tends to change over the course of a project sometimes. And if you do that on something like this, your pieces won’t match up. But you’re probably a more consistent knitter than I am.

    Have fun with it!

  8. Stephanie

    You’re such a tease – projects falling out of the sky and all we get is “more later”! I love the first wedge and white is classic, just you want for something of this magnitude!

  9. anne

    Am I the only one suspicious about the blanket not being shown flat in the pattern photo? If I were to make it (moment of wild, hysterical laughter) it wouldn’t lie flat.

    That said, I’m so glad you’re making it and look forward to following your progress!

  10. Laura

    Boy, I can’t wait to watch this one unfurl! Please tell me you have a picture of a finished blanket lying flat. I think I’d need one! Also, I think white is a good choice for a tough project — easier to see your stitches. Good luck; I’m sending moral support/superknitter vibes your way!

  11. freecia

    There are times when I question your sanity but I just figure you like challenging projects. Me? I want something I can almost watch tv with. Or at least no go bald on.

  12. Purly Whites

    This is fascinating. Posting the schematic really helps me understand what you are knitting. Most things we knit are straightforward enough that we, the readers, can understand what the writer is talking about, with out such big visual clues. But this, man, this needs as many visual clues as possible.

    But it looks awesome and I will enjoy watching it unfold.