This season over on Seasons of Lace we've got a new raffle category; one which I fully intended to participate in. We're resurrecting lace projects that have been in hibernation for at least three months. I've got one that's more like three years old ... so it totally qualifies. I had planned to haul it out, figure out how to fix and finish it... and knit away.
But lo', as with most of the best laid plans of mice and men and knitters... I've been tempted astray. A dear friend whose wrists do not allow her to knit much - and never at all with tiny needles, has asked me to knit a shawl for her. "But of course" I say. "By March 7th" she says. "Um...." I say ... "I'll do my best..."
And then she hands me the delicious yarn with which she wants me to knit this shawl. Even though it's very fine, I cannot resist this yarn: Sheepy Time Knits Fairy Lace (which the site describes as "A luxuriously soft, fine laceweight yarn of baby alpaca, silk, and cashmere. Available in 50g and 100g skeins, with a generous 656 or 1312 yards."
We spent a day or so in the choosing, and then she chose, of all the patterns she looked at, one of my own designs. (blush).
I cast on, hoping, but not really believing, that I could pull it off on a U.S. 5, and thus increase the like;ihood that I could finish it in time. I swiftly recognized that a smaller needle was necessary.
I tried again on a U.S. 4.
Again ... this isn't awful... but it really needs a smaller needle.
At last, I dug in my needle stash, discovered to my surprise that I have only one size 3 needle... and cast on again. I'm grateful that I need not go down to a U.S. 2 to get a decent fabric, but now worry that I'll never make the deadline...