Recently I purchased a HUGE lot of pretty, sparkly pink cotton yarn on eBay for next to nothing. With shipping it was around $15. The yarn is reclaimed from two sweaters and is unbelievably soft and light. So I have been trying to decide what to do with it.
I came across this very pretty lace pattern and knit up a swatch in preparation for the alpaca scarf I mentioned on an earlier post. It's a fun pattern to knit and it is growing fast even though I am knitting on #4 needles. My hands are somewhat better and as long as I stick to the Bryspun needles and light, soft yarn I seem to be pretty good.
So, the big question is, since I have it this far what should I make with it? It is lightweight and has a beautiful drape and that little bit of sparkle. I was looking through Vicki Square’s Knit Kimono book and found a couple good possibilities. I think I might try the Fan Kimono only in the lace pattern I have started rather than the one she uses.
Also, since I have so much of it, I decided to try knitting a very strange pattern I came across on the internet. Look at the swatch below:
Do you believe that is knit and not crocheted? It is a modular knit that grows, scallop by scallop into this:
I found it easy to learn but I also found it didn't hold my interest for long. Still it is a beautiful design and was fun to learn.
So that is where the knitting is at these days. I'll keep you posted on the pink cotton kimono and we'll see what happens!
I finished my Learn-to-Lace Marketing Bags and Beach Bag and got them photographed this weekend, too. Now I just have to write up the pattern and get them ready to post. It's a pretty cool idea, I think. Each bag is designed in a simple, easy-to-learn lace pattern and since they are small they are quick to knit up. If you are interested in learning lace knitting but hesitnt about tackling something big, this could be a good place to start. By the time you've made all five bags you'll be an expert at five lace ptterns and ready to move on to anything! I'll keep you posted.
Thanks for reading.