I have a confession.
I’ve fully and unabashedly given in to my desire to cast on a new project. You know, it’s spring now (despite the howling wind and spitting snow I have outside my window… but I’m getting kinda used to such things by now) and I just needed something… new… to knit on. I’m not sorry about it either.
Before I caved, though, I finished the Painted Desert socks.
Superwash/nylon yarn handpainted by me, available at fromthewoolroom.etsy.com
2mm (size 0) dpns
They’re really simple; just a ribbed leg with ribbing continuing down the top of the foot, a flap heel and my normal wide-toe. But I enjoyed knitting them, they were just the sort of “mind candy” knitting I’ve needed the past few weeks.
My new project is not mind candy knitting. Josette and I had discussed knitting the Spider’s Web Shawl (Ravelry link) from Victorian Lace Today as a sort-of informal knit-along, and then she had to go and cast on.
Never one to ignore
a throw-down challenge a good dose of peer pressure a fellow knitter’s taunting a gentle push in the right direction (assuming, of course, that said direction is one I was considering anyway…), I chose some yarn from the stash and cast on immediately.
The shawl is going to be enormous (I’m knitting the full hexagon version, so it may be as large as 6 feet across) but the pattern is fairly easy to understand once it’s established, so it doesn’t require quite the amount of heavy-duty concentration that some lace does. I had it with me at school today and was working a couple rounds between classes; one of my classmates expressed surprise that such intricate-looking needlework counts as “relaxation” in my world. Of course, that got me talking about knitting and spinning, and within five minutes her eyes were glazing over and she was looking around for an escape route. I let her go; no sense in detaining someone who shows so little potential for conversion… 😉
All for now!