Lace Happens

I was planning to be so good. I whittled down my knitting projects on the go, and was determined to finish them all before casting on something new.

That lasted one night.

As usual, I can blame it on the book.

I was rolling along, writing REBEL, when all of a sudden, I needed to figure something out. As you know, those angel stories with things not being quite as they seem in the Republic have lots of twists and turns. I just need to know what the twists are before I can write them down. I thought I knew but Max – being Max – threw me a complete curve ball the other day, one that required pondering.

He’s quite the piece of work, that Maximilian Blackstone, but I think he’s on to something here.

The way to think, as always for me, was while knitting. But it had to be the right kind of knitting, neither too boring nor too complicated. A pattern that I could memorize, preferably without any increases or decreases – i.e. a rectangle shape – and one that wouldn’t require me to knit according to the chart. A nice wool, too, neither a solid nor a wild variegation but something in between.

I knew instantly what wool from the stash would be perfect – last year, the LYS had a bin from Fleece Artist of a special purchase. I showed you the Leba that I’ve knit one pair of socks from, but there was also a kid blend called Nyoni. Mine is in shades of green (yes, another GREEN project!). It has no colour number or name on the ball band, but from browsing stashes on Ravelry, I’m thinking it must be called Forest. 750m of light fingering weight for $20C. My only regret is that I didn’t buy two!

As for the pattern, Victorian Lace Today to the rescue! (Can we envision Jane Sowerby in action hero tights or would that be impudent?) I chose the Victoria Shawl, which is all diamonds. It takes a lot more yarn, but that’s probably because of the wide border. I’m knitting the body with one less repeat in the width and will do some knitting math before adding the border. I’d like to do a teeny border, like the one on the red curved shawl – Sharon Miller calls this one the Doris border.

I’ve knit six repeats and it looks really yummy. No pooling! Max’s scheme is coming together, too, so it’s all good.

What do you do when you need to think something through? Do you knit like me? And does it always have to be a new project started for a new bit or thinking – or is that just my excuse for not being disciplined?

3 thoughts on “Lace Happens

  1. I’m thinking I must have a one-track mind. As much as I love knitting and crocheting, even the simple two-stitch process pulls me in so that I go “knit-purl-knit-purl” as I go along. No extra room for that thinking process.

    Instead, I usually haul out a pad of paper and a pen and write out my questions and thoughts, answers and problems. That seems to work better for me.


  2. Well, Pam, if it’s any consolation, I think “knit purl knit purl” as well.

    But after I do that for a while, I think “knit purl knit purl and of course the real reason Max is proposing this is that….knit purl knit purl”


    I always knit faster after those bits!


  3. I do a lot of thinking while I’m walking. I find that my speed varies according to how well my story flows. However, I wish I had a tiny dictaphone so I could record those “mirabile dictu” solutions I come up with! By the time I’ve found a bench and dug through my knapsack for pen&paper, I’ve lost the spontaneity of the character’s dialogue or I’ve begun overthinking &/or editing the “perfect” description!
    At home, I knit/crochet/bead/macramé & think while watching TV. My pen and paper sit beside me, ready to catch new ideas as they pop up. If I’m puzzling through a problem, though, the handicraft I’m doing needs to be something I’ve done before. Then the repetitive action lulls me into a more meditative state, and I find myself approaching my problem from unexpected and often useful angles.


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