Juniper by Jen Lucas

Juniper by Jen Lucas. Knit in Nirvana lace.

Note that I am not typing this from the confines of a mental institution. Further note this is significant given my last update on my little ol’ lace project.

In an alternate ending, this could have been my eulogy. Or at least A Eulogy. Of something. Not good. In fact, in said alternate ending, this entire post could have read something like:

F$#%%$$% S^&^^&%%^^^%^%^% &**&&&&&& *****&^%$#@!@#$^

Except I got lucky.Juniper by Jen Lucas. Knit in Nirvana lace.

Fanfare aside, it all worked out fairly well in the end, once I got past the first lace repeat. My psychic instinct must have kicked when I decided to skip one of the lace repeats after all. And what a good thing it was. I cast of with a meter of yarn to spare, braced to unravel my swatch if need be. Granted, the final shawl is nearly twice as long as specified in the pattern. And, no, I didn’t compare my swatch to the pattern to calculate necessary adjustments. Instead, I ignored my swatch entirely and just went for it.

Dove in.

Sink or swim.Juniper by Jen Lucas. Knit in Nirvana lace.

I still don’t know when I will ever wear this thing, as lovely as it is. I barely made it through blocking without snagging it. And my cat barely made it through blocking without being permanently relocated to a new home.

Here is what I know: no more lace for me for quite some time. Don’t let me forget.

Please.Juniper by Jen Lucas. Knit in Nirvana lace.

Pattern: Juniper by Jen Lucas

Yarn: Nirvana Lace-one skein

Needles: Size 8 (5 mm)

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12 Comments

  • Reply jody May 29, 2016 at 5:11 am

    i love the color! i know the lace nearly killed you (and your cat!) but it’s gorgeous. if you don’t wear it as a shawl maybe you’ll wear it wrapped up underneath a jacket/coat?

    and ps – i LOVE your pics on the clothesline!

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple May 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

    hehehe, you have such a great way with words, and humor!!! i tried lace, once, enough said. it is beautiful, i adore the color….the the clothesline image made me swoon. what is it about the “out of style” clothesline!!!!

  • Reply Stefanie May 29, 2016 at 9:23 am

    LOL. I don’t blame you. I will never use lace yarn. I probably would have knitted w/fingering. I’m sorry you had such trials with this project. The end result is a dainty shawl. Can you wear it like a long, skinny scarf?

  • Reply Alex May 29, 2016 at 10:36 am

    It looks great! I love that you bothered to swatch but then completely ignored it. Sounds like something I would do.

  • Reply elaine May 29, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! You shouod be so proud! But I’ll warn you… lace is addicting! And just wait till you start adding beads to it… yep! Drives me totally nutz-o and I love it! Fore warning….

  • Reply Little Church Knits May 30, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Well done! (So happy to hear that your cat still has a home 😀

  • Reply woolythymes June 1, 2016 at 6:57 am

    you are going to wear this thing ALL THE TIME….and promptly forget that the lace made you crazy. (wear it like a scarf, not a shawl….bunched up it won’t snag so much, she says…speaking from snagging experience)

  • Reply knittedblissjc June 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    so beautiful!! I don’t know many people that check gauge on a shawl, either. I felt this way after knitting the swallowtail shawl back in 2009…. it was many years before I knit a nupp again!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise June 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    beautiful and I love how shallow the shawl is which is perfect for summertime!!

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