Anticipation…

My daughter is getting married in June, in a big boat that will be floating out in the Halifax harbour. It’s going to be lovely. Lovely, and probably a bit chilly … probably about 15 celcius, which means the bride, who will be wearing a lovely off the shoulder gown, will need something to put over her to ward off the cold. Something that won’t detract from the beauty of her gown and of the occasion. And it’s been driving me crazy! A sweater just didn’t seem right…

But I finally hit on it. I’ve never knit a shawl before, but isn’t this the perfect time to start one? But I was hesitant. Should I really try something new for such an important event? I wasn’t sure, so I signed up and took the first session of a two-parter workshop on Knitted Lace for Beginners at Mouline here in Montreal. I learned that lace is all about yarn-overs and knit 2 togethers, and ssk … then it hit me. I’ve knitted lace before. Rosita is lace!!
And I learned that lace is also all about using techniques such as provisional cast-ons so you can avoid cast-ons and cast-offs so your lace stays loose and flexible. and I learned how to do that earlier this winter when I was knitting fingerless gloves from Vogue’s holiday magazine!!

Which means I’m not risking anything. I know how to do this already. All I need is a pattern, and time, and Jen’s approval!
I got the pattern the Autumn Arbor Shawl, which Jennifer and I both love, I have the yarn (Misti Baby Alpaca Lace) and since it’s only February now and the wedding is in June, I also have the time.
So why am I not knitting yet? Because I’m waiting for the swatch I knit so Jen can give final approval to yarn and colour, to be delivered by snail mail to her house!!!! You know, I should have sent it courier. These fingers are just itching to get started on it ….
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Rosita (jaeger)

I’m making up for lost time by updating links and making several posts all at once. I’m in good company because as I was deciding on which of my favourite knitting blogs to add, I discovered that another dormant blogger (Fake Sheep) resumed her posts this month as well, so there must be some kind of blog-inspiration in the air…

This, my third post of the day, is about my current knitting projects. Almost one year ago I started to knit Rosita, a jaeger pattern. (This image is from the book cover.)
It was rough getting started. There was an error in the book and it took a little while before I realized it wasn’t my m
istake. Of course I found the correction on another knitting blog once I did figure out it was the book and not me. (I love kntting blogs!). I can’t recall which one I found it at now and I feel badly about that because really I should link to it here… ).
And if that wasn’t enough to slow me down, almost as soon as I started knitting it, I developed a mysterious problem with my left shoulder and upper arm that quickly made it almost impossible for me to knit. I was determined though. I hadn’t kit in something like 15 years, but a colleague re-introduced me to knitting and once I started again, I was at a loss to understand why I’d ever stopped in the first place (though I suspect going to university while raising three kids and working had something to do with it!).
I had always knitted english style and I recalled now that part of the reason I’d stopped knitting before was because all that movement didn’t go well with the tendonitis that hits me from time to time. I felt that knitting continental might prove less stressful to my shoulder, but at that time I didn’t want to relearn to knit so I just stopped. Now that that the knitting bug hit again, (and maybe I’m a little less lazy than I was then (!)), I’ve re-taught myself to knit. I do think continental is easier on my
arm and shoulder and I’ve figure out how to pace myself. If Stephanie can do all the wonderful knitting she does in small blocks of 10 minutes of time in between all the other wonderful stuff she does, then surely I can get a few things knit that way as well! ( I know she said this, really, but now I can’t find the right post but you can trust me on this!)
I actually finished the back of Rosita last winter, but because I knit it while learning continental, the tension was uneven, I couldn’t knit much more than one row at a time, and I lost interest in finishing the project.
But since then I’ve had enough practice with continental knitting that I’m comfortable with my tension and earlier this month I dug Rosita out of my projects basket, unravelled the back and reknit it. I’m almost finished the front too. Here’s the back, unblocked …

While in Boston a few weeks back, I saw this same pattern (Ogee Lace) used in cardigan on sale in a fairly good quality women’s clothing boutique, which is both cool (means it’s in style) and disappointing (it won’t be as original as I thought it was).

I’m knitting it in scheepjeswol cotton 8, mayflower using size 3 mm steel needles.
I’m also knitting two baby sweaters from Little sweet peas by Sirdar (for grandchild #4 due mid-July and grandchild #5 due end of September) a pair of cable socks, and I just bought the pattern and yarn for Potpourri from Rowan’s new book, Summer Delights.