Here is the Lotus shawl,with a hat. Well, sort of.

Actually, what we have is one full repeat of Lotus stitch. That’s about 17 rows.And it is sitting on my sewing box, because a couple of inches of lace doesn’t look like much on its own. And I was about to pin it out. And the pins are in the sewing box. I don’t know. It was a whim.

I have stretched out a bit of it here so you can see it a little better.










One thing about lace is that, should you reach this point and decide that you can’t bear the thought of the dozens, nay hundreds, of further repeats needed before you actually have a shawl, you can quit here. You have a perfectly good edging. Bind it off and sew it on your pillowcases.

Although what I have is a gray fur edging. Some bedrooms might look good with pillowcases edged in gray fur, but not mine. Still, it is a possibility.

I do not intend to quit. I like this stitch pattern very much, and I love the yarn (Possum Laceweight from Cherry Tree Hill). Brooklyn, my zombie knitting project, is progressing nicely, so this epic knitting project can take forever and I won’t mind a bit.

You will notice that I have a marker placed every ten stitches. This is a standard piece of lace knitting advice which I initially ignored. When I finished the first repeat of the pattern the first time, I found that I had dropped two stitches, which naturally destroyed the pattern. I had to frog it and start over. This time I used stitch markers. They allow me to count the stitches regularly and thus catch a dropped stitch before it becomes a big problem.

Bear in mind that on a complicated lace like this one, the markers will not always mark the beginning and end of a repeat. If you look at the stitch pattern, and there are things like “P2” and “K4” in front of the asterisk, then your stitch markers will sometimes be in the middle of the stitch repeat, but they will still be handy. You may also not always have the same number of stitches there, since some laces increase on one row and decrease it back out on another. The stitch markers are still helpful, but don’t expect more of them than they can deliver.

If you want to knit some lace and haven’t done much before, look for stitch patterns with all the fancy stuff on one side. The directions for these will say something like “Row 2 and all wrong side rows: purl.” There are even some lovely old laces with three rows of stockinette and then a single fancy row.

I am still zooming through the knitting blogs before going to work (and yes, I am working today, day number seven this week). I have come upon several of the Yarn Ho!s by now, and it is nice — like running into somebody from your neighborhood while out of town. I am not going to review you guys, though. I want to introduce you to some new reads.

So much fiber is not one which I can recommend for your reading pleasure, because I don’t understand much of it. Hacking CSS? Tweaking the template? Podcasts? Could be fascinating, for all I know. Still, the photo albums are quite inspiring, and she shares charts and stuff, too. Being unable to make my blog do anything, I am also impressed by the organization of her blog.

Every word’s a purl is written by a reporter. She knits, she tells us about her knitting, but what I like best about this blog is that her life is entirely different from mine. Oh, yes, you could say that about most of the bloggers, I suppose. But here she is, leading an interesting urban single girl life peppered with mayhem and violence and snakes, wearing dresses made from Strawberry Shortcake sheets, and giving interesting glimpses of all this.

Nake-id Knits is always entertaining. Her work is varied and skillful, and she links to news that I would surely never hear about if I didn’t read her blog.

My to-do list before work today includes a visit to the butcher. My local butcher has something which he calls a “Variety Freezer Bundle”: 25 pounds of assorted white-paper-wrapped things to throw into your freezer. You can then, on any harried day, pull some white rectangle out of the freezer and fling it into the slow cooker with some sauce or put a little note on it asking your husband to cook it, and be assured of having protein on the table come dinnertime. I should have done this before  Back to School began — it would have saved us from some distinctly scratchy meals.

The problem with the Variety Freezer Bundle is that it is so manly. With #2 daughter returning to school on Tuesday, this is perhaps not a bad thing. My household will revert to being all guys but me. However, I am not usually one to grill a chop or roast a big piece of animal carcass. Meat at my table is usually in slivers of some kind amongst the vegetables. Some day, when I gather up the courage, I will ask the butcher to create a Ladylike Freezer Bundle consisting of boneless chicken breasts, stir-fry steaks, fish, and ham slices. For the sake of family harmony through the remainder of the Back to School season, though, I will be very thankful for the Variety Freezer Bundle.

Off I go.