I did it. I started a lace shawl. I’m so scared and going so slowly…but I’m doing it. I’m working on the Adamas Shawl from Knitpicks – my secret pal sent me all the stuff to make it so why not. I actually started to cast on for Birch but then got distracted, read a few blogs on lace knitting, and decided that I really need to learn how to knit from a chart. And, well, with the Adamas shawl there is no choice – the directions are ONLY in chart form. So I can’t even look back at the directions for "reference". And you know what? It kind-of is starting to make sense. I understand what the chart means so far. Ok yeah I’ve had a few screw-ups… and I’m only through the first chart (20 rows)… but nothing is perfect the first time you try it….and well… I’m doing it!
Ok… I want to use lifelines – I’ve read they are the way to go with lace… so what I did was I ran a doubled up string of sewing thread through the stitches after the first chart and then just kept knitting from there. You can see it in the picture – it’s the black thread… That’s what a lifeline is right? Just an extra place to find your stitches? I hope the thread I used isn’t too skinny… but I didn’t want to use anything big or I was afraid it would make my stitches wonky… is that really a problem? I don’t really know what I’m doing here at all…. but it's fun!
***Edit: Duh. I meant to say the ADAMAS shawl not the Adams shawl. Oops... Also it was designed by Miriam Felton and you can visit her blog here.