You know that green lace stole I’ve been making since forever? Well it became a pattern today.
Its free for the first 24 hours (ends April 7th at noon CST) so head over to ravelry and grab it quick! Then come back for the
ramble blather informative details on how I made it.
This stole is made with lace and its the kind of lace I like. Easy. Remember when I made that Sunday Stitch post on the different types of yarn overs you have to fuss with when you make lace? Well, there is none of that in this pattern. All the yarn overs happen between two knits. Also, the wrong side rows are “knit the knits & purl the purls”. The lace is easy to read and follows a natural progression so after your second or third time through the repeat, you won’t need to carry the pattern with you. You’ll have it in your head.
Its lacey but not overly so. I’m cold. I’m part lizard. I need warm stuff! This is perfect for those chilly spring mornings.
Now let’s talk about the yarn. I have a friend how is trying her skills at hand dyed yarn. I’ve mentioned her before. She is a complete pain in my ass. She keeps making yarn, gorgeous yarn, and saying things like “Here, see what you can make from this.” That’s when I say
“Well, are you ready to start selling it?”
“Maybe, I’m not sure. I just want to see how it works up.”
“But if I make stuff with this yarn, people will want to know where I got the yarn. So what do I tell them.”
“Tell them whatever you want.”
See? She is a pain. And how could I say no? I’m a yarn ADDICT and she is handing me stuff like this:
So when it came to publishing the pattern for this, I dithered. I had the design ready but I didn’t know what to tell raverly (it makes you pick a recommended yarn when you post a pattern). I ended up recommending Mad Tosh Light and Manos del Uruguay Finos because they are wonderful yarns, I’ve used them both, and I know they will work.
But they are not what I used. I used special, not-available-yet yarn.
She IS a pain. And you know what she did to me last week? She did this:
She better get off her butt and open an esty shop or something because I am incapable of saying no to that. And I can’t keep making stuff and then telling people “No I’m sorry. You’re just not special enough to get this yarn.”
(No, I don’t know what I’m making with it but I grabbed it and took it home. You would have too. I’m thinking a shawl. A big, crazy colorful shawl. I wonder if its time for me to try and design a mystery knit-a-long.)