Pitiful, Isn't It??
My team mates here are 1) the Adamas Shawl pattern from KnitPicks which has been translated from the charts into the type of pattern I can deal with - K2TOGs, SSKs, & YOs. That's the sheet on the right. The other page is a check list where I can mark off each row as I compete it. 2) Two 440 yard skeins of KnitPick's Shadow in Lost Lake. It's beautiful yarn, but why the heck didn't someone warn me that lace weight yarn is thinner than #10 crochet cotton?? Sallee!!! I tend to multi-task while I'm knitting and while I realized that reading while working the actual odd numbered lace rows would be next to impossible, I (wrongly) assumed that I could cruise on the even numbered rows which are all purl except for two knit stitches at the beginning and end. Wow, was I optimistic! This yarn is so thin that I can't feel it on the needles, so I have to watch every stitch on every row. 3) My trusty size 5 circulars - a 16" one for now, a 29" one for later. I may move to the 29" one earlier rather than later because I'm discovering that the 16" needle wants to fight to straighten out against this fine yarn in a way that it doesn't against worsted or even sport weight yarn. 4) The odd man out of the team is a ball of Knit-Cro-Sheen that will be used for lifelines - lots of *LIFELINES*. I've dropped a stitch twice now on separate attempts to make it through the first chart and the stitch has rapidly headed for the hills (aka the cast-on row). The next time you see the project, there may be numerous lifelines in place - it's either that or you might be greeted with a photo of me with my hair all pulled out. I haven't passed row 13 of the 1st chart yet, so I can imagine my reaction if somewhere around the 4th repeat a stitch ran-away and made it back to the beginning. Not pictured is team mate #5 - a 5 liter box of Sunset Blush wine for those evenings when knitting lace exceeds my patience and skill.