I had grand plans for this small project at the beginning of the year. Last year, I learned to knit socks and this year, it was to be lace. I bought a couple skeins of lace weight yarn, not realizing how much yardage you get on a single skein and set out to find a good introductory lace pattern.
I decided on using the free fishtail lace scarf pattern using some beautiful alpaca yarn from the LYS. It was my first time knitting with alpaca as well.
Naive me thought I would be able to knit something as simple as a scarf in just a month’s time. LOL! I made good progress during January and after only a few repeats of the pattern had it committed to memory. I didn’t have straight needles in the correct size, but I had 16” circulars, so I cast on using those.
I only worked a couple rows at a time in February. I found the circular needles difficult to work on so I put some temporary caps on two DPNs of the same size and continued. Mental note to self, spend the money on the correct needles to save your sanity (seriously $5 and I probably could have avoided a few headaches!)
In March, I kept loosing stitches and having to rip out 3-4 rows at a time to get back to the correct number of stitches in pattern. Then, the silly thing fell behind my dresser. I wasn’t handling all that backwards knitting very well, so I thought it best to leave it hidden behind the dresser for awhile.
It remained hidden, but not forgotten for all of April.
I dug it out in the middle of May and reclaimed the correct amount of stitches. I also dug out some needle cap thingies that help to keep the stitches on the needles when you set the work-in-progress down. It solved my lost stitch problem, who knew!?
Wanting to start accumulating some lovely homemade gifts for Christmas, I decided it was time to finish this project up by the end of June, and I did just that last night! Yippee!
What to knit next? Maybe a few baby items or a couple of hats for Christmas giving?