I spent about 6 hours yesterday working on the Anice shawl. One more day like that and I'll be half way finished. It is really pretty and magical.
I have very cleverly (or so I thought) added more tools to my repertoire in an attempt to have my knitted rows completed exceed my knitted rows removed. They are: little yellow sticky notes to isolate the 10 stitch grid I'm working on and a pink stitch marker at either side of each set of 10 stitches for said grid. The stickies are a real hit, they make it so easy to see the pattern, except their sticky leaves them fairly soon. I'm using lots and when you're not looking, the exhausted stickies seem to fly all over the floor and under my rocker (this may be a sticky death ritual). The pink markers, which I thought were particularly brilliant (she said, humbly) have a trick they play, and it took me a few rows to catch on: they somehow move themselves in the night, so the next day, I may have 11 stitches between one set and 9 between the others, or worse, even 8. After spending too much time tearing out several rows and counting and re-counting my stitches, I have concluded this is just something I have no control over, resulting from the types of stitches in each block. Boy, and Monte said this would be easy (I'm not going to let her live that one down).
However...try as I may for perfection, this is still trying, and every few rows I have found a dropped stitch hanging on for dear life with its fuzzy neighbor. I have a question for those of you who are seasoned lace knitters: is this just part of the learning curve and it will, truly, get more comfortable? Or is this because I'm using mohair, and it's harder to see stitches? Is it better to start on smooth yarns? How have you found success? And a last aside here...those who know me know how I love my rock and roll...I am listening to New Age music while knitting so as not to be distracted (right there on my list with elevator music).
I am signing off now to go pack...I am headed out of town for a brief 4 days. I will write from the road and share some photos of that other world. Until then...have a great week...and again, I'd love to hear all your suggestions or thoughts on this business of lace knitting! ---Martie