Monday, October 23, 2006

Lacy Finds

Thank you everyone for the advice on lace knitting. After careful thought, I decided to go with the Swallowtail Shawl (the 10th photo on page) in the current issue of Interweave Knits.

So this past Saturday night, after I went to this fabulous Indian restaurant with my boyfriend and his brother to celebrate my boyfriend's 27th brithday, we headed over to my favorite place to get lost in, Barnes & Nobles and picked up this bad boy:

Truthfully, I've been eyeing it ever since it came out. But I waited because I had already gotten several magazines of the season, (Vogue Knitting Fall 2006, Knit It Fall 2006, KnitScene Fall 2006), all containing projects I want to knit in the future. But now that I think about it, there are a lot of projects in IK this Fall that I would love to knit and eventually wear.

I really like magazines. They are really economical, especially if you subscribe. You get (excuse my french but) ASS-LOADS of patterns from top designers for a fraction of the cost of buying a book that costs 4 maybe even 5 times the price and only has 1 or 2 things you like. If you only like 1 or 2 things in a magazine, it's not as wasteful of a buy than if you liked 1 or 2 things in a book. But I digress.

Of all the patterns in this current issue, I was not at all interested in the shawl until someone pointed me to this finished one. He is something with that camera, isn't he? His picture made the lace look ever more tempting to knit. That picture evoked so many euphoric emotions in me. I wanted to eat the damn thing for goodness sakes (I say that because I LOVE food). May I be bold in saying that Interweave should really hire him to do their photography? I swear their sales would more than double if he was the photographer of their already wonderful magazine.

So when I go home, I read thru the pattern (becuase when it comes to my knitting, I don't like surprises, or rather the unpleasant surprises). Then I ran into a problem with all the charts (I prefer my knitting pattern in words, not charts). After careful review, however, I finally figured it out, and now I can cast on without worry.

No, I haven't started yet. I'm so focused on the CPH that I haven't been knitting anything else (well, when I'm home at least. I still have a sock for boring classes). But, when I do start, I'll make sure to update you guys.


del said...

He DOES take some fantastic pics! I am so jealous.

I do the same thing about reading patterns all the way through--I'd hate to get almost done with a project & then find a nasty surprise at the end, LOL.

I think this would be a great first lace, BTW.

Saun said...

There are a lot of charts for that shawl but once you get going it will make more since. My one suggestion is that you use a needle with a pointy end. When you get to the section with the "nupps" you will definitely need it. I had to change needles when it came time to do those.