I have cast on for a couple of new projects in the past 48 hours, looking for that balance between simple and satisfyingly challenging. For simple, I started the Sunday Market Shawl in Classic Elite’s Wool Bam Boo. It’s a very simple drop stitch wrap; you only have to be awake for the first and last rows, otherwise it’s straight stockinette!
As for the more complex project, I have ambitiously chosen the Essential Tank Top from the book Lace Style. This has been brewing in my mind for the past couple of weeks as I searched for the perfect yarn. The pattern calls for 2 strands of fingering weight alpaca held together, and that just doesn’t work for me. I wanted something decidedly un-wooly for this project; yesterday I found the most beautiful, supple, shimmery bamboo yarn:
This is Eden, a 100% Bamboo yarn from Madil.
I also spent some time thinking about potential modifications before getting started. The pattern calls for knitting the front and back pieces separately and then stitching them together. Since the dimensions for both are identical, I’ve decided to attempt knitting it in the round in one piece. Why sew it together if you don’t have to? Especially when a seam would interrupt the beautiful lace pattern?!
So I have gone about casting on 174 stitches thrice now, which I hope is not a bad omen for the whole project. The first time I ran out of yarn before I had enough stitches on the needle. (This happened at Stitch ‘n Bitch last night, and the ladies told me about casting on using 2 balls of yarn so you’d never run out of yarn. Have you heard of this?) The second time I got as far as knitting the second row of lace before I realized I should have been knitting stockinette. So I ripped it out and cast on for the third time a few minutes ago. Frustrated with the slow progress, I took a break to sweep and rearrange the deck.
This photo is really just here for my mother, to entice her to come for a visit. Doesn’t that look nice, mom? Don’t you want to come over for some ice tea and yarn crafting?!
Hope you have a great weekend!