When I saw the pattern my stomach clenched! I am not much of a lace knitter but I decided that I could give it a try. Since I was going to be spending two weeks in Maine mostly by myself I was sure it would work to finish it in October as requested.
For ages I have wanted to get a music stand to use to hold my patterns at eye level. Now was the time! I went to Blue Mountain Guitar and met a very nice man who had just what I needed at a very good price: $14.95!
|Music Stand from Blue Mountain Guitar|
|Magnetic pattern holders with magnets, plus homemade long magnet from magnetic tape for very sturdy long magnet.|
Here is Chart Two from the Lilae Shawl pattern installed on the music stand and magnetic holders. The hardware works like a charm, particularly with the long heavy magnetic strip I made with some magnetic tape and scraps of fabric. It would have looked better if I had used some nice scrapbooking paper instead of the fabric scraps, but...I did not have any at the time.
|One motif left of center|
|Left Front end, with crochet bind-off visible|
|Top Central Medallion with Nupps|
It was interesting to learn how to do a crochet bind-off as the pattern instructed.
Even though I knit the entire thing more than once, and most of the rows, or portions of the rows, many times, it still looks kind of nice. When I turned it in to the yarn shop there were a group of knitters there, perhaps in a class, and when they found it was a sample, one of them said, "You won't even get to wear it!" Not a problem, no way! It was great experience and I learned a ton, but it is not my taste in shawls. Actually, I don't know what IS my taste in shawls, but I will know it when I see it.