It's all so pretty, and exciting, seeing and feeling the changing seasons, that has to be one of the best things about our weather, the seasons.
I would like to say a big thank you for all your well wishes, I'm feeling so much better, not 100% yet, but almost there. Isn't it a huge relief to have good health, if you do have good health?
I finished knitting the Coraline cardigan a while ago, but haven't any photos yet. I have a half finished skirt I'm making, to go with the Coraline cardigan, you see I've got a particular picture in my mind for the photos, so I'm waiting till they've been taken to show you the finished piece.
I can't not be knitting something, so I got stuck in to knitting this lace dress I'm showing you today.
I found knitting this quite challenging at first, mainly because of the way the pattern is written. All the instructions are crowded together in long thin vertical paragraphs, and if you're not used to this style of pattern, it can be a little confusing at first. (This is the way Interweave Knits write their patterns, not the style of the author of the pattern).
The pattern is the 'Alpaca Tunic' by Deborah Newton, and you can buy the pattern online here, from Interweave Knit's pattern library.
I'm not using the specified Alpaca yarn, I'm using a wool that is made in Orkney, which you can buy here. It's not the softest yarn I've ever used, but I'll reserve judgement on it until I've washed the finished garment.
There are a few people who have knitted this dress on ravelry, so I got some very helpful tips about it, ravelry is fantastic for that.
Lace knitting is a funny thing. It's sort of addictive because you see magic growing before you, but at the same time it requires a steady nature. You just can't be slap-dash when it comes to knitting lace, otherwise you don't get the desired effect, as I realised when I'd knitted a whole section. I had to take back a whole load of knitting I'd done. You can't over-rule lace patterns, they rule you, and you have to give in to their strict rules (those rules being follow the pattern diligently).
The other thing about lace knitting is that you never get the full effect until you've washed and blocked it. I never normally block my knitting after washing it, I know that's frowned upon, but I don't. But I will be blocking this lace dress, definitely.
Hugo will testify that I almost gave up trying to fathom the pattern at the beginning. Then a few days later, I sheepishly picked it up and tried again. And lo-and-behold, I got it! Now I don't know why I was making any fuss, it now all seems perfectly clear. That's the way of these things isn't it? Once you understand something, it seems easy, when you don't know what is going, it seems like rocket science.
I'm so glad I persevered.
Have a good weekend!