new lace beginnings

jenjoycedesign© mystery laceWhat I have here is something I decided afterall to design with the Unspun yarn I posted about earlier. I have been wanting to design something for extraordinarily fine lace weight yarn, for I am really going off the deep end with my Unspun experiments. There’s me, collecting single balls & sampling the post-deconstruction qualities, and forming observations & personal opinions about results.  Why on earth? I suppose this stems from frugal & philosophical roots, the concept of using what one has before running off and buying more, to empower the idea reusing/recycling odd single balls left unused in ones stash. I think of them as orphans needing a home.  A single ball of worsted weight is not enough to really make much out of, but to deconstruct and get enough fine lace yarn to make a whole beautiful lace scarf or cowl, and well folks, now that is exciting!  Quirky, yes, but I am beginning to think it is some kind of an odd calling!

Anyway, for this upcoming design I wanted to be different than all of the other lace designs I’ve thus far written patterns for. First, I want to design a lace thing with finally, straight edges, all sides top and bottom,  for super easy blocking, and secondly I want this one to be ultra simple, very minimal in patterning. Let me mention that in this forthcoming design I am experimenting for the first time — nupps!  Nupps are crazy difficult for me, especially with such fine yarn, because for a nupp-7 is nearly impossible to pick up all the stitches to purl together without accidentally picking up neighboring stitches, or dropping some of them.  I am wearing two pairs of reading glasses for super magnification, but still have been messing up and losing count and having to rip back due to this mistake, many times. So many times in fact, that I have had to devise a method of knitting nupps where I section off each nupp either side with a self-made yarn stitch marker (the metal ones snag this ultra fine yarn, can’t use those), so that I can see the whole nupp cluster so much easier.

Thats me here now, a bit of struggling with the nupps, but more in love with the ethereal feel of really fine lace knitting!

6 thoughts on “new lace beginnings

  1. Wow, YES, very ethereal. The way you dyed it there is a depth of color there, that hint of grey in the background is really lovely. I bet it will add real shimmer to the lace. I have this little fantasy of knitting an entire shift that would layer over the top of simple silk or cotton dress. I guess it wouldn’t be called a shift, what would that be called…..hmmm. Perhaps a lace shell?

    • Hi Kelly! I am not really feeling all that better, but am trying not to think about it. Jeff is up at the house working, and all I can think about is next year at this time we won’t have to be working on the house anymore (hopefully). I use yarn stitch markers a lot, but am finding although the metal rings are nice, the fine yarns slip inside and make a mess. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU! (( I still need to reply to your email… will do next!))xx

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