I bought Susanna Lewis' book Knitting Lace, A workshop with patterns and projects a number of years ago thinking one day I would knit the sampler of 92 patterns. After I finished the St Kilda, I knew I needed another large project (I knit socks for the small ones), so here we go.
The Shetland white handspun was solar dyed a couple summers ago - not enough for a larger project using one color, and the musket was spun many years ago.... so why not play with the yarn? This time of year a person gets very tired of drab colors but the musket works well - so like dirt under a blooming clump of daffies, eh?
I am using a size 6 circulars with 60 stitches - about 10" wide and only repeat of each pattern. I decided to knit 80" per panel. I don't know how many patterns for that - I thought originally 23 but now I wonder if 15 is a better guess. I will add a garter stitch border, sew the panels and hang them over my doorless closet in the study. Right now one of my thread crochet curtains (linked lines pattern) conceals the hodgepodge of books, spinning stuff, notebooks, project bags and usually Tazzy cat. My study is too small for the use I make of it and closet doors too.
Anyway, that's my spring project. I am up to the 11th pattern now and very happy to be knitting this lace - a somewhat mindless project.
Always with help - Teddy will be 15 this summer...is that possible?