So, ONE of the projects I am currently working on is the Print o' The Wave Stole by Eunny Jang. See, Jeni was loverly and brought me back some nice lace weight merino from Rhinebeck last fall. She also brought me a nice pattern but somehow I couldn't put the pattern and the yarn together in my mind. I like the pattern AND the yarn, but somehow they needed to be separate projects. So, I finally realized that I had enough of the yarn to do the Print o' The Wave. Splendid! I cast on and, well, let's just say I kept screwing up. I think the first few rows were UN-knit more than they were knit. I know that there is someone at Bobaknit who can vouch for this. Anyway, seems what I really needed was just a little one on one time with this project and this weekend I finally got the hang of it! Yay. :)
I have now completed almost 6 of the pattern repeats and can now say (was not the case before!) that I like this project. Actually, I seem to be developing a thing for lace. I find it relaxing and incredibly fulfilling. Somehow as I get to know the pattern I become aware of the movement of the stitches and end up watching a dance of yarn rather than follow a pattern. It's pretty cool. It almost seems like a musical piece to me. It has a rhythm and a form and a structural logic that brings beauty. Pretty amazing really.
So, now I need some advice though. I am thinking of tweaking the pattern a bit. The original calls for two pieces to be knit and then grafted together in the center- so that the pattern mirrors and flows from the center to either side (flows/waves...oooh! A motif!). BUT, I am considering just sticking with this pattern until I reach the TOTAL number of repeats and then putting the border on. The border is the same all the way around, in other words it does not "mirror" and flow down each side. So, it seems to me that this makes a little more sense as a whole. Comments? Questions? Does this make sense, or do I just sound like a rambling fool?
It is going to be a lovely shawl/stole (but what am I going to do with all of these lace things!!!!?)