One-minded

A new camera is a blessing in disguise – on the one hand, it can help me convey fabric, color, and texture like I’ve never been able to do before. On the other hand, during my spare time (ha!), I’m much more likely to pick up the new toy than some familiar wool and needles, resulting in slower-than-typical progress.

I’d say that over the past few weeks I’ve spent way more time photographing, playing with the settings, and absorbing everything I can about SLRs than knitting. To show you that I’ve been doing something, here’s yet another shot of grandma’s sock-in-progress:

I’m flattered that some of you assumed this was my own pattern. Alas, I cannot take credit for this gorgeous design: it is Nancy Bush’s Traveler’s Stockings from Knitting on the Road. This book is one of my favorites, filled with fabulous patterns from cover to cover. Including Traveler’s Stockings, I’ve knit 4 of them already!

While I continue to work on my grandma’s latest pair of socks, I can’t help but contemplate bigger projects.

I’ve knit only one sweater this year, but have formulated a nice, solid selection of potential sweaters in my mind: Salina from Vintage Knits, Phyllo Yoked Pullover from Knitting Nature, Moonlight from Rowan 34, (highly modified) Brilliant Retro from the Winter 2005 IK, (highly modified) Alpaca Twill from the Fall 2006 Knitter’s…

Even the stash is cooperating – 10 balls of Classic Elite Princess in Ladylike Leaf and 9 balls of Classic Elite Classic Silk in Cobalt are more than happy to become sweaters for me.

But my mind turns to lace, once again. I know, I know. You don’t have to remind me that I already have two lace projects on the needles. One day soon I’ll explain to you why I’m not in any rush to finish Ene, and let’s not even discuss Mountainash.

Therefore, am I not allowed to start another lace project??? Especially from the uber-fabulous Victorian Lace Today, about which I’ve been dreaming right along with you.

My eyes scatter (Russian saying) every time I look through that book, I don’t know where to start! Today I took a deep breath and made a choice, knowing that eventually I’ll work my way through all my favorites; it’s only a matter of time ;).

My choice: the Melon scarf.

It’s not a difficult pattern, which is good considering I’ll be modifying the specified size a bit – as usual, I want something smaller, more manageable for everyday wear.

You know what solidified my choice? I think I just might have the perfect yarn…

Hand Maiden Sea Silk in Moss. I have 1 skein, 438 yards – the Melon scarf will indeed be only a scarf.

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  1. Doris

    Someday I will follow your example and get an SLR. They seem like too much fun not to have, but I really depend on having my camera with me at all times and I’m nervous that getting a big SLR will mean that I’ll want to leave it behind rather than carry the big thing around with me. The photo of the ball of yarn is perfect – lit from the top, nice shallow depth of field, nice highlights and lowlights.

  2. Dawn

    Love the travelers stockings!

    One ball of sea silk goes a surprisingly long way. Or maybe it’s just because I was trying to make the knitting last longer…

  3. Val

    The Victorian Lace Today is irresistible, you don’t have the choice. Melon is one of my best and I will be following your work with great pleasure.

    Your sock is also gorgeous and I love the pic !

  4. Angelika

    Your grandma won’t mind another pair of socks, when she sees this pattern. It’s great, I love it. Also, I understand, why you like the lace and definately, why you want to make it smaller. Mine is dragging right now and I have problems getting motivated.

  5. Angelika

    Your grandma won’t mind another pair of socks, when she sees this pattern. It’s great, I love it. Also, I understand, why you like the lace and definately, why you want to make it smaller. Mine is dragging right now and I have problems getting motivated.

  6. Ashley

    Gorgeous color on that yarn. I’m curious about the sea silk!

    And I had to laugh at the camera distracting you from knitting–who knew that blogging would make such shutterbugs of us all?

  7. Jomy

    Wowza! You were right about the camera! I lovelovelove that picture of the green yarn… I can almost reach out and feel it!

    My two cents is this: knit Salina! I saw it on skinnyrabbit.com and liked it lotslotslots. I think using the suggested yarn’d be a nice venture from all the exquisite Lorna’s laces you’ve been using..

  8. Leah

    Uh Oh! You’ve caught the SLR bug! Mine spoiled me for any other camera ever. I bought and have taken back two small point and shoot digitals that I bought to have something smaller to carry around. They just don’t satisfy me the way they used to…

    I would be interested to know why you’re not in a hurry to finish Ene. That was my Olympic project last year, and I knit it so fast that the whole project is a blur to me. I love the finished result though.

  9. janine

    ooh that lace looks lovely. I’m like you ther must be half a dozen things I want to cast on from the book, now! I am knitting the really easy lace scarf as my travelling project at the moment in handpainted cashmere. I think the melon shawl in handpainted green laceweight may be next :-)

  10. margaret in manhattan

    beautiful sox – and thanks for helping me decide what to do with the two skeins of seasilk that I have in that exact same colorway! I’ve started something twice already and didn’t love either … so this just might be the thing!

  11. Carolyn

    OH I too have the sweater itch….and also have some in mind. You linked the books but not the sweaters…I need to see what they look like!

    That scarf will be wonderful I am sure;)

  12. Elinor

    Mmmmm, it would be hard to go for a sweater with that yarn/project combo facing you!! Put the sweater off a little longer for that stole!

  13. Samina

    The seasilk is truly divine. I’m finding that my Diamond Fantasy Shawl (Sivia Harding’s) is going so much more slowly than it should be because I keep stopping to fondle & stare at the yarn!

  14. Ruth

    I was just telling someone that will be my first project from that book. I have some other things to get through first, but then, baby … I’m there.

    Nice to have you paving the way. :)

  15. Tiffany

    Of course you can do more lace. :) We are all here to support each other’s habits (as bad as they may be). The yarn is gorgeous and so is the pattern. I love the socks as well. I have that book so I can make them someday. :)

  16. Heather

    I want to hear more about the Sea Silk – none in the stash just yet, but I’ve been looking for a worthy project. I haven’t seen too many FOs out there yet either.

    Your photos are great, I’m going to have to do something about a camera upgrade soon…

  17. connie

    That green looks luscious – like a pretty apple! I’m sitting on 2 skeins of the seasilk in berry and am trying to figure out a simple, but elegant stole pattern to go with it. It’s slated for a non-knitting friend, so I don’t want it to be too fussy.

  18. Adam

    Oooh, that Sea Silk is gorgeous! I got the opportunity to handle some of it for the first time in Chicago this past weekend, and it is fantastic stuff!

    The socks are looking great too!

  19. peg

    Love Sea Silk and did not realize that it comes in solid colours. I am going to have to check that out, as I am tired of variegated yarns just now! Love grandma’s socks.

  20. Lori

    I’m always impressed by how quickly you knit up new projects, especially with such great detail work. Love the new socks.

    Hey, I just finished making some needle holders out of placemats for some gifts, which were inspired from your blog. So, thank you for the great ideas!

  21. Karen B.

    Here I was, trying to remember the name of the new book you’ve been raving about. Lo and behold, you thankfully provide the answer. I just got my hands on some Malabrigo laceweight merino and was considering my options with this lovely yarn.

    I’m sure you’ll do the pattern and the SeaSilk proud! You accept nothing less than perfection.

  22. Kristen

    GORGEOUS stuff you’re doing but what jumped out at me was “I only knit 1 sweater this year.” Good God, Woman! You created–designed and produced- a STUNNING Egyptian dress!!!! Among a bajillion other things! You’re killin’ me, girl! Keep it up :)

  23. Mary

    I know what you mean about a new camera. I decided not to get a dSLR because I decided I didn’t need all those bells and whistles and various lenses to juggle. So I got a Canon Powershot S3IS with a 12x superzoom, and guess what? It’s got a ton of bells and whistles — way more than my old digi-cam! I had to buy an extra book to learn how to use it, and I still don’t have it all down, but I’m taking my time.

    I think I’m going to knit my first lace project after the new year. Here’s hoping that your project will inspire me. I even have some Seasilk I can use! :-)

  24. Kelly

    Hi Kathy,

    LOVE the socks, I think I need a pair!

    I’m trying to make labels using your awesome tutorial and having trouble, would you mind sending me a quick email when you get a chance? Thanks so much!

  25. Gidget

    Can you please tell me what type of camera you use. I am thinking of purchasing a digital SLR to replace my old SLR. Your pictures are beautiful!

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