I'm knitting lace! I guess I love to tear my hair out over projects with thin thread! Haha...
It all started with a book. Laura Ingalls Wilder's book, The Long Winter. I hadn't read her books for years, and a month or so ago, I picked them up at the library, and really enjoyed reading them. It's amazing how much I missed from those books when I was a kid. The Long Winter tells of the winter that blizzards kept them house-bound for months. Laura spent some of her time knitting yards of lace for her petticoat. That piqued my interest, and I just had to knit lace!
The hard thing was coming up with a pattern. It seems that knitting lace isn't as common now as it was then. I finally found a book from the library, and "inter-loaned" it to my library. (I love my library system! They don't charge to inter-loan books, and I get an e-mail when my books are at the library.)
I settled down and poured over the patterns. I finally found one that was, and I quote, "Very easy." HA! I guess if you've been knitting lace all your life, this pattern would be "very easy." I had a hard enough time just finding the right sized needles! After going to two different Hobby Lobby's, and two different yarn stores, I finally found the needles I needed.
Ahhhh, a nice peaceful evening...I think I'll relax and knit up some lace. Wrong. Relaxing didn't come into the picture! After starting my lace and tearing it out at least 5 times, if not more, I finally figured out one of the stitches that was puzzling me, and got the hang of handling the needles and thread.
I finished a pattern repeat, and I stood up and said, "I have conquered the pattern." *Grin* Kevin applauded me! He had been listening to me sigh and mutter and talk to the pattern. So he was quite happy for me when I finally figured it all out.
Now that I have learned the pattern, it is coming along. It's nice that the pattern repeats are short, because I can sit down and knit for a little bit, and not worry about marking the pattern or losing my place. The funny thing is that the pattern is called "Serpentine Lace." I didn't think about it, but "serpentine" means "like a snake". I hate snakes! What am I doing spending so much time knitting snake lace? Hahaha I can see where the pattern got it's name, but it sure doesn't look like snakes to me. I would switch patterns, but I think I'll stick to this "VERY EASY" lace for now!