They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so this time I’m obviously well on the way, since I had excellent intentions of showing more knitting when it was finished.
Well, it is! Finished, that is! Look…
This is the Rose Lace Stole by Susanna IC from the Spring 2011 issue of Interweave Knits magazine, knit in a luscious strawberry pink Malabrigo lace yarn that is sensationally soft and wonderful to knit with (indicating past experience, you may think – and you’d be right!) and which will be more than just a pleasure to wear this winter, as well as looking mighty pretty!
Lace is rather amazing like that, anyway. Skinny yarn, medium needles and a pile of scrunched-looking knitting rises from the ashes, a bit of a blob with uneven yarnovers and wobbly lines, not much definition and certainly relatively unimpressive… And then the magic of blocking happens and the slightly whiffy damp wool gets pinned into place and stretched into order, bringing out the motifs, evening the gauge and aligning everything into its proper place – and hey presto! Smooth, even lace stitches and crisp edges, with the knitted images (in this case rosebuds!) brought into clear focus and there is no avoiding spending a good deal of time oohing and aahing over the final product once it’s unpinned and in all its glory: