Donna for the Rose Lace Stole from Interweave Knits, Spring 2011. We ordered yarn from KnitPicks, messed about with gauge, and set out to knit.
Well, I had a few projects pop up in the fall and into winter. I knit the Pembroke Wrap as a gift for a friend, and a Christmas stocking for my brother-in-law. I also revived Babette and have been making steady progress on squares. This was through the busy holiday stretch and a lot of overtime at work.
That means that the knit-a-long is moving quite slowly. The lace pattern of the central panels is pretty simple but very easy to screw up if you aren't paying close attention. I think I've finally got the hang of the pattern and good way of working it. I tend to complete 4 rows per knitting session regardless of knitting alone, in a group, before or after dinner, time spent, etc. Now I also check my work after each lace row to make sure I didn't goof it up. It's so much easier to fix the error when it's still on the top! I'm now at row 60 of the 124 needed before I begin the bottom lace panel. With any luck, I'll knit a few nights a week on this project and get 10-15 rows done a week. At that pace I should be ready to do the complicated lace border by March 5th! Yes, I do sit and make all sorts of calculations about when I might finish, move to the next step, change yarn balls, etc. What, that's normal isn't it??