Once upon a time, I seemed to knit nothing but lace. Lace lace lace.
I loved lace so much, I talked my dear friend into helping me start a Giant Repeating Lace KAL. We called it Seasons of Lace. And I knit lace and ran the KAL for several years, and it was good.
And there was lots of lace.
And then there was life. And massage school.
And suddenly, I was buried in way too much to do! It got so bad that lace all but disappeared from my needles.
It's been socks, and the lovely shadow-knitting afghan that I was commissioned to design and knit.
And the current lace project languished, pining for my attention.
As you may recall (well, likely not, since it's been so long .... ) I've gone on a tear, and am adapting Susan Pandorf's Dwarrowdelf Stole pattern for use as curtains. This means I needed to make them a lot WIDER to fit my windows.
So, being the oh-so-professional planner and detail person that I am... I hauled off and knit a top edge, vastly increasing the number of repeats called for by the stole pattern.
And then I looked to see what the ratio of repeats on top edge piece would be to the repeats on the body, and my brain fried a little.
In many ways, it has been simple (ish) math that was getting between me and my lace knitting.
I knew that the repeats on the top edge were 14 rows "wide". I knew that the ends of the top edge included a five row edge. (I spaced for the longest time on the three rows of set up at one end and the four rows of ... well... set down at the other).
I knew that I was getting approximately 7 rows to the inch. I knew that the repeats on the body would be 24 stitches wide. I knew that the ends included a 9 stitch edge on one side and an 18 stitch edge on the other.And... I knew that I was getting approximately 6 stitches to the inch.
Clearly, forgetting those 7 extra rows bollixed me up for a while.
But suddenly, after my brief escape to Oak Park, I made the math work! And here, we see the winding up of the skinny top edge:
It's pushing 44 inches long here. This aftenoon, I knit that five row edge, and bound off.
I'm now in the throes of picking up three hundred and some odd stitches along the edge that runs along the left side in that picture. So much for something to work on where the rows are short and I can feel like real progress happens when I knit for a few minutes.