If you’ve read an earlier post , you know that I recently returned to my hobbies of knitting and crochet (click here if you missed it) . You also know that I live in Brooklyn, New York in the United States of America. If you live in the United States or have been reading the news, you know that we have been experiencing record-breaking high temperatures across the country. In my area, at one point the temperature reached 104 degrees with a dew point of 74 – basically, hell with humidity. It seems the heat is all that anyone can think or talk about; which just maximizes the misery for everyone.
Even with air conditioning, (dutifully set at a balmy 79 degrees to ward off a blackout) trying to keep up with the tasks of daily living has been challenging; so you can imagine that hobbies have been at slow speed or full stop. Several days of stultifying heat has not been conducive to fiber crafting, but I persevered. I am proud to say I just completed my first bit of lace knitting. High five blogosphere!!
I’m a newbie knitter and have been working on 2 skill expanding projects. One project is a simple ribbed tank top (3/4 complete); to practice my knit and purl stitches; improve my yarn tensioning and learn the shaping techniques of increasing and decreasing. The other project was a four repeat lace patterned scarf (worked in bulky yarn) so that I would become familiar with working yarn overs. The yarn over is the technique to create the holes in knitted lace fabric.
My friend in fiber, Yasmin, gave me a hand written lace pattern; assuring me that practicing the pattern would eliminate my fear of lace knitting. Let me tell you – this pattern caused me to sweat as much as the temperature. I had to frog (to rip out stitches; as in rip it, rip it – the sound frogs make) the work so many times to correct errors the wool was looking a little abused and my sweaty palms practically felted the fibers. After so many false starts I finally learned how to read the stitches well enough to correct my errors along the way without completely undoing my work. So a big thank you to Yasmin and the rest of the Park Slope Knitting Circle for
pushing me supporting me through this project.
Below are a few photos of the completed scarf. I tried to display it artfully because I was not about to model it for you. These days I’m trying to wear as few clothes as possible. Just the thought of a wool scarf around my neck gives me a heat rash.