You may have noticed that I have been trying to feed the habit lately. I put up my first pattern for sale in hopes to buy a couple skeins of something in order to knit up...another pattern. I am just about there. It is definitely a learning experience and not as easy as it may appear.
There are others ways to feed the habit. I have done some test knitting for other knit designers in the past and now am dabbling in sample knitting for a LYS.
What a great way to work with beautiful yarns and patterns that I would not normally be able to do.
Antique Lace by Ilga Leja is a lovely lace sleeveless cardigan. It would be just gorgeous over a little black dress.
I am using Schulana Sojabama (oh and yes, in a shade of green!). It is 55% Bamboo and 45% soya...both fibers I have not yet worked with.
The drape and sheen is just unbelievable. It is so silky feeling, definitely a pleasure to knit with.
At first glance the pattern is a simple lace design. For some reason I can't seem to remember the 8 rows, but I usually just have to glace at the chart as I knit. This could be because I am also watching tv...like LOST...which is hard enough to follow itself, forget about trying to knit anything with a chart!
This is the first time I have worked short rows in lace. Ilga provides very thorough guidelines as well as step by step instructions. I love it when I am set up success.
Needless to say, I did have to rip back and knit back a few times on the front as I decreased the neckline trying to watch Lost. Oh and there is that first slip stitch that I knit...and realized it a pattern repeat later.
It must be perfect...no "making it work" here. Store samples are looked at by knitters...you know what they would be thinking if they saw the smallest mistake....yes, there is always a better knitter than you out there;)
Shall We Knit has the most beautiful yarns in stock. If you haven't been there yet, it is definitely worth the drive to New Hamburg!