I ended 2010 with a completed piece of lace. Here, let me show you. It’s called the Triinu Scarf and it’s from Nancy Bush’s most wonderful book, Knitted Lace of Estonia.
I was shocked to check my project notes on this and discover I started it in March 2010. I really didn’t think it was that long ago. I’d started it on a whim one day when I was already over-committed, knitting wise, worked on it for a week and promptly put it away. In November this year it came out of hiding and in about six weeks was done.
I love it.
For my first Estonian lace project, this was a good choice, if a little dull towards the end when I’d memorised the pattern and just wanted it to be done. But that goes for all lace projects right? No one gets to the end of umpteen rows of lace and thinks, wow I wish that would just keep on going forever, do they?
But it was interesting enough to keep me engaged mostly and as always the Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool/Silk (in Peacock) was a dream to work with. It’s my favourite laceweight yarn in the world now, having made something with it twice. It’s light and silky but not so light and silky that it’s a slippery experience. It’s got grip. I adore it.
The scarf is quite long, almost my height (so about 5ft 1) and is topped and tailed by a lace edging that contrasts nicely with the body of it. You can see the edging in the photo above.
And as for the nupps, those little buds that define Estonian knitting, I really made peace with them on this project. I got to love them. I got into a rhythm with them that suited me well and I wasn’t at all bothered by them. They only occur on two rows per repeat so it’s no big deal at all.
I’ll be doing another pattern from this book this year. But in the meantime, I’ve switched from Estonia to Shetland. Wanna see?
It’s the Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace! I’ve wanted to do this since Sean bought me the book for Christmas two years ago but somehow always thought it was beyond me. Perhaps at the time it was but now, it’s flying off the needles. It helps that I’m still on leave from work and that Wollmeise lace is so nice to work with. It’s safe to say this is how I’m spending much of my time off.
Happiness is lace knitting in summer. It really is.