You know how it is. We get up, go to work/school, do the day things, come home, do the chores, find the time for a bit of recreation (read: knitting), go to bed, wake up, do the same thing all over again. Life goes on. Day in, day out.
It’s easy to get into a routine, and not think about anything different.
Lately however, I’ve been getting a feeling of ennui. I look at the patterns on Ravelry, and think same old, same old. Nothing really new. I fall asleep into my knitting, and find it intensely annoying that I can only sit down for half an hour in the evening before my eyes become heavy, and I find myself helplessly dropping into the land of dreams… Am I, shock horror, become bored with knitting!!!??
My continued avid interest in the act of knitting means that I cannot be bored with knitting. The fact that within five minutes of sitting down with my needles, my strung-out self feels warm and happy means that knitting remains an essential tool to relaxation. However, the falling asleep thing can only mean that my brain has become too relaxed, and thinks that knitting time means bed time!! Humph! It is reasonably late by the time I sit down, but not that late!
What to do!?
There is of course the very convenient forgetting of the one type of knitting my eye keeps skipping over… you’ll know what I’m going to say next… lace.
I’ve been talking about mastering lace for ages, and I think that the time has come to do something about it. I obviously need a challenge.
Sometimes the act of practising stitches is not enough, and I find I need to learn in an academic manner in order to fully understand. I did this with cables and knitting techniques when I first took up my needles again, but have never done the same with lace.
These two books will be my texts, and these lovely yarns my tools. The books are “The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting” by Lynne Watterson and “Creating Original Hand-knitted Lace” by Margaret Stove.
I have knitted lace items before of course, but I always get the feeling that I don’t quite understand the language. The charts are a real challenge, and I don’t read them like I do cable charts – road maps that I only need to glance at and refer to from time to time to ensure I’m doing the right thing. This is where I need to get to with lace.
I decided to swallow my pride and buy Lynne Watterson’s book even though I consider myself an advanced beginner/intermediate lace knitter. And I am glad I did. Getting up early this morning to take advantage of my mind being fresh and able to process information, I started at chapter one.
The objective will be to read through each chapter, and then go back to the beginning, and utilise the swatch patterns she provides to knit and fully master the basic concepts of lace knitting, progressing from very simple to intermediate skills. Once I have finished with this book, I will then progress on to Margaret Stove’s book, where she explains how to design your own lace motifs.
At the end of each stage, I will undertake an ‘exam’, in which I will design a lace project utilising the skills I have just learned. I figure there will be one basic design and one to two intermediate designs. Finally, I’ll pick an advanced pattern that I have been too scared to knit before, and knit that as my “final”. And with that, I hope that I will never have to grumble about not understanding lace ever again!
Hopefully, it will also mean that my brain will have learned by that stage that knitting time does not equate to bed time.