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You Have Been Forewarned: 7 Important Knitting Lessons I Just Ignored 

Don’t tell me later that you didn’t have fair warning that I would be complaining about this lace pullover for the next decade. Because that’s exactly how long it will probably take me to knit the darn thing–A DECADE.

In fact, let’s just take bets now. Leave a comment with the month and year you predict I will finish this new project. If you’re right, I will send you something cool.

There are so many lessons here that I don’t know where to start.

Lesson 1: Ignoring all the times you have previously suffered the same lapse in judgement.

Lesson 2: Failing to realize you could switch to fingering and perhaps knit a size smaller until AFTER you hastily placed your yarn order.

Lesson 3: Not stopping to think NO FREAKING WAY when your friend suggested you pick a pattern that required nearly 1600 yards of lace weight yarn for your third knitalong. Even if the pullover was cute and had a neckline you’ve always been fond of.

Lesson 4: Again being swayed by the cost-benefit ratio of working with lace. Surely there’s a statistic that correlates broke knitters with a higher likelihood of working with lace. You definitely can entertain (aggravate?) yourself much longer for less money with a lace weight project.

Lesson 5: Not stopping before you’re in too deep. As in, it took you two hours to knit a TINY swatch and you still kept going. Then it took you another two hours to cast on and STILL you crept closer to the edge of the cliff.

Lesson 6: Pretty yarn isn’t enough to justify mitigating circumstances, even if it’s the same color as the wine you will require in abundance to survive this project. With a bit of silk. They do make thicker yarn in the same color, also with silk. Think bigger, knitters. Think bigger.

Lesson 7: Working with 1600 yards of lace negates the beneficial, relaxing qualities otherwise provided by knitting in the first place. Stress reduction? What’s that?

I will stop there. While I am ahead. Because there are so many other aspects of my life in which I am presently behind. Perhaps it will all even out.

Oh, and the name of the pullover I just may finish before Reed graduates from high school (he’s almost five) is Pivot. And get this: it’s seamed.

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Swatching Lace: A Cautionary Tale

If you missed it on Sunday, I am currently running a sale on all of my patterns. Check out all the details here. The sale ends at the end of the month (Saturday night), so act fast.

Even knitting a simple lace swatch can lead to mishaps.

I went stash diving the other day, and golly did I catch a fish.

This time of year, my stash is typically at an all-time low before I stock up around my birthday at the end of the month. I feel particularly compelled to use up the yarn that I stashed last year before starting anew with the fresh stuff. This is my unofficial Stash Containment Policy. I picked up this skein of Filatura Di Crosa Nirvana lace (100% wool, 340 meters/372 yards) last August for under $8.00 USD. That’s a steal for a shawl’s worth of yarn.

Although after swatching it up yesterday, I am concerned the inevitable misery-to-come might increase the ACTUAL price astronomically. Tell me dear knitters, what is the value of a tear (not the happy kind…)?

I laboriously knit a simple swatch, which I had to frog twice before finally managing to finish the darn thing. And I STILL discovered a dropped stitch while blocking.

This is not a good sign.

This was not an actual knit item. IT WAS JUST A STOCKINETTE SWATCH. And I still messed up. THREE TIMES!!!

If knitting a simple teeny tiny square of lace was tricky, what on earth will happen to me when I try to knit the whole darn skein?!?!

Even knitting a lace swatch can be tricky! But doable!I forgot how finicky knitting lace weight yarn can be. So fickle and vein. Fixing a dropped stitch isn’t quite so easy, and keeping proper and consistent tension strikes me as all but impossible. When it slips off the needles, it shatters like a wine glass dropped in a porcelain sink. Pure disaster that simply cannot be repaired.

Apparently wrapping up my worsted weight Rosemont cardigan gave me a little too much confidence.

I don’t knit with lace weight yarn too often (gee, I wonder why), but this color really jumped off the shelf and grabbed me. So here we are.

I have no idea what I will make. A design of my own or someone else’s? A crescent-shaped shawl with short rows sounds fun, I think.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and in between books.

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