This was my first completed attempt at lacework. My first two were a Henslowe (in a gorgeous cream color using the same yarn) and the Follow Your Arrow 2 KAL. They both ended up in piles of yarn and tears. And then when I was cleaning out my craft room, I found those jumbled tangles and just tossed them in the trash. Expensive yarn be damned, I just couldn’t handle looking at them anymore. Sometimes you just have to admit that sunk costs don’t count and move on. But I LOVED the Henslowe pattern and wanted to give it another try. So when I stumbled on this gorgeous green/grey Quince & Co I decided to give it a go.
I don’t want to give the impression that this is a difficult pattern. It’s not. At all. In fact, I think it’s the perfect pattern for a beginner who wants to start doing lacework. I just learn things that involve fine motor skills very very very slowly. This time around I learned how to use a lifeline (thank you, Stefanie) and I picked it up when I was calm and put it down when I was getting sick of it and it seemed to go much more smoothly. It also took me about four months to complete because I put it down at one point and didn’t pick it up again for weeks. (Knitting has been a good teacher of life lessons – don’t do important or intricate things when frazzled.)
I used Quince & Co Piper in San Angelo. I made a few modifications to the lace pattern instead of just adding another repeat and I’m not sure if I love it as much I would have had I added some more repeats instead. You can read my project notes on ravelry here.
All and all it’s not perfect, but for my first lacework project, I’m very pleased. I have another lace project picked out that has me very excited but it’s a bit more complicated and is using charts. The yarn for it is GORGEOUS so I’m hoping to do it justice.