I will be teaching a beginning lace knitting class next month, with the first session on June 11th at Fibers Grass Valley, the LYS where I work on Saturdays, so spent a good portion of May 'whipping up' an example of the pattern we will be using. It is Sivia Harding's Gothic Leaf Lace Stole pattern, as adapted by the designer into a scarf pattern for teaching.
I am delighted to be able to share the results with all of you....
Here is a long view of my version, done in a subtle reddish colorway of Mega Boots and laid out with blocking wires to dry earlier this week. I hurried to block the scarf on Monday (my Sunday) so that I could drop it by the shop on Tuesday afternoon to display and promote my class. I already have three students enrolled, and helped one pick out her yarn last Saturday, so excitement is building. If you are in our region and want to take the class, I will be teaching this pattern as a springboard to choosing the proper yarn for lace, reading charts and learning to read your knitting, methods to help you keep track of your pattern, blocking, and even adding beads. There will be three Wednesday evening meetings, with two weeks in between each, to give the learners ample time to make steady progress on their lace projects and come back with questions.
I enjoyed this pattern, and it should be a good introduction to lace for advanced beginner and intermediate knitters. I also want to note that I am very pleased with how well this superwash wool blocked, and really can't imagine living without my blocking wires (just in case you were wondering on either point).
I have spent May entirely on lace knitting, finishing up both my Spring Things shawl and my Gothic Leaf Lace scarf... you might think I would be done with lace for a while, and I am considering two non-lace projects I discovered in Compassionate Knitting, but while I search around for the proper yarns for those projects, I have returned to working on Flutter.
I spent today in a work-related training and Friday will be part two, both of the training and of furthering along this pretty little lacy confection of Miriam Felton's. I have another of her designs, Zephyros, waiting in the wings (as one of Wooly Wonka Fibers' Lace Club kits), and also started the Ogee Lace Skirt from Interweave Knits Summer 2007 as a yoga wrap/skirt/shawl for class, which I get to finally resume next week.... I would not normally wear a lacy skirt, but this one worn over yoga pants or capris, and then used as a shawl/blankie during meditation or relaxation sounds like just the item I have been wanting to make!
In other news, I am beginning to make a list of things to look for at Estes Park (more lace yarn, a few special books, a pattern for a friend), and otherwise plan for our brief vacation (it really is all about the people, as Carole said earlier this week). My friend Sallee is having her first-ever sale over at Nana Sadie Rose, where she offers some of the most creative solutions ever to your organization needs - go check it out. And, last but not least, my LYS co-worker and sock teacher extraordinaire, Luci, has finally broken down and started a blog... please go by and welcome her to Knit-Blog-Land.
The weekend fast approaches, and we will be celebrating my dear friend Suzi's "Rewirement Party", her term for getting re-wired to go forward into her new life post-speech therapist. The theme is Eygptian, and we will be dancing to her favorite band on Saturday night. I hope you have as much fun!