April 23, 2005


"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

Attributed to Goethe

Today I finished knitting up Swatch #12, a lace swatch, for Level II. Not only did I knit it, I persevered through blocking it, weaving in the ends, making up the tag for it, tying the tag on, writing up the appropriate documentation for the swatch, and putting all of that into the binder. Finishing each item fully, that will be key to getting this level completed.

Swatch #11, my first lace swatch, looks really great. I chose a very geometric lace pattern for that one, and it blocked out very straight and square. For Swatch #12 I chose the Drooping Elm Leaf lace from Barbara Walker I. This lace has more organic lines in it, and I fussed when blocking it trying to square it up as much as possible, given the flowing, serpentine shape of the leaves on their stems. So I'm slightly less happy with this swatch than the other lace one, and fighting the urge to do it over, choose something more geometric, for #12. I remind myself that I am trying to build forward momentum -- not to keep spinning my wheels. Drooping Elm Leaves, for all their organic droopiness, are still a good example of lace knitting.

(And one of the reasons I chose this pattern, by the way, is that the pattern has a little knit-purl action on the wrong side rows -- it isn't just plain stockinette lace with purls only on the wrong side rows. I wanted to ratchet up the challenge, just a bit.)

Posted by Karen at April 23, 2005 11:59 PM

Good progress, and I think your strategy is great. Finish a swatch completely and move on. If you want to work on other swatches later for your own amusement, terrific! But if your goal is to complete the level, you are on the right track. I am sure that your work is just beautiful. I'll bet that your swatches are worthy of framing!

Posted by: Anne at April 24, 2005 08:02 PM

so where is the picture? us master knitter wanna bees need inspiration to sign up!

Posted by: marti at April 26, 2005 03:17 PM

I'm rattling my tin cup on the bars of my jail cell and demanding pictures. Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!

Posted by: Ryan at April 26, 2005 04:29 PM