Well, I’ve used up two of my three pattern-writing days with no completed patterns, but lots of interesting questions askedâ€”and a few of those even answered. I’m two-thirds of the way through two shawls, one rectangular, one triangular. I got bogged down on the first when I couldn’t find a lace panel stitch I like, so I had to write one and gave myself a brain cramp trying to chart the thing (I work best from charts) because the number of stitches varies from row to row. On the second, I toyed around half a dozen or more ways with segueing from a six-stitch repeat to an eight-stitch repeat, but haven’t found the perfect answer yet. Needless to say, my recycling bin is piling up with scads of graph paper. Once I get far enough along, I’m hoping to do a shawl as a knit-along on this blog. But, trust me, you don’t want me to do that just yet. I want to make sure I iron out all kinks instead of passing them on to someone else.
The upcoming news is this: my first-ever, published-in-a-real-book (you know, with a binding and covers and everything) pattern will be appearing next month in 101 Luxury One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant.
My pattern is called “Leaf Lace Hat” and is a small piece (one skein, natch), quite pretty (I think) and took a good bit of fiddling with the main stitch to tailor it to the piece’s dimensions. I knit it out of yummy, yummy Omo from Curious Creek, the Savanna Grasses colorway.
That’s the very skein I used, right there in the middle.
Keep your eyes out for this book. It’s due in mid-October and should be quite good, if the first two volumes in the collection are any indication. When you see it on a shelf in your LYS, feel free to do a little happy dance on my behalfâ€”so long as it won’t draw you any unwanted attention.