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Swatching Lace: A Cautionary Tale

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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.

Nirvana Yarn

Every now and then, I get the itch to visit my Little Yarn Store. Even though I don’t need anything at all. I will find myself down in Civilization (because I otherwise live in The Middle of Nowhere) with a few toddler-free moments, and I will sneak in.

I sometimes get this same itch with Target.

Our little secret.

Perhaps you also suffer from these little itches from time to time? Mmmm hmmm.

I won’t tell your husband if you won’t tell min.

The last time I found myself with a LYS itch to scratch, I came upon this little baby.

It was the color that grabbed me–a rich jewel tone even though I happened to be in the market for soft, light neutrals.

Of course.

For under $8, I figured Why Not and pocketed a single skein (372 yards) of Filatura Di Crosa Golden Line Nirvana yarn, a lace weight merino wool in Color 54. After all, it is called Nirvana, which sounds very promising.

I have no plan. No advanced scheme. I am thinking lace weight shawlette but I do yet have a pattern in mind. I haven’t even browsed Ravelry (soon!). I need some ideas, if you care to share.

Have you knit with Nirvana before? Aptly named? What did you make?


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