Friday, January 27, 2012

Rose Lace Stole Knit-a-long

On September 5, 2011 I started a knit-a-long project with my friend 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??

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