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Knit and Crochet Blog Week: An Inspirational Pattern

Today’s topic:

An Inspirational Pattern: Blog about a pattern or project which you aspire to. Whether it happens to be because the skills needed are ones which you have not yet acquired, or just because it seems like a huge undertaking of time and dedication, most people feel they still have something to aspire to in their craft. If you don’t feel like you have any left of the mountain of learning yet to climb, say so!

As soon as I read this, I knew immediately what project I wanted to write about. In March of 2006 I came across this pattern: Wedding Ring Shawl by Sharon Miller. The pattern is from Heirloom Knitting, but the website is currently offline. Here’s the information on it from the cashed page:

For knitters wanting the challenge and satisfaction of a high-end project, HK has created the Wedding Ring Shawl – a true reflection of Shetland Lace’s heritage. This project for the ultra-skilled knitter requires time, concentration and patience but in the end, all efforts will be rewarded by the finished shawl – a delicate webby patterning of geometric lace motifs, large and small. The pattern comes with a Yarn Samples Card giving a selection of working lengths of possible yarns. Knitters are strongly advised not to purchase any yarn for this project until they have thoroughly swatched and evaluated the effects that using these different (or alternatively chosen) yarns may produce.

Wedding Ring Shawl
Wedding Ring Shawl

I knew that one day I wanted to be “good enough” to knit this shawl. I had been knitting for 2 years, but hadn’t ventured into lace yet. There were 500 signed limited edition patterns to be sold, which included cobweb yarn to swatch with. Given that it was limited edition, I knew I had to get my hands on this pattern or I may never have the chance to. (Their Ravelry page says that it is supposed to be available again this year and from the posts on Ravelry, it was available earlier this month. Not sure if there will be more copies since their website is currently offline.) I bought it immediately and it wasn’t cheap by any means with the Euro to US Dollar conversion. I think it was around $45 for the pattern. Now, back when I was a new knitter, that was a LOT of money for a pattern since I had been knitting mostly from free patterns, acrylic yarn, and very cheap wool. When I got it, though, I didn’t regret the money I’d spent. It’s a very detailed pattern and even then (when I knew less as a knitter and what went in to such a pattern) was worth the cost.

Since it arrived back then, I have kept it in the original package it arrived to me in. I have taken it out of the plastic it came in twice in the 5 or so years I’ve had it. Every time I look at this shawl, I am in awe of it, even now after I’ve been knitting for 6 years and lace no longer frightens me. Not that it ever really did, but lace of this size? Yeah, it scares me just a bit!

I think that I have the skills needed as a knitter to knit this. I even think that if I started it, I could finish it and it would be lovely. This Wedding Ring Shawl is my Everest as a knitter. It’s the huge, time consuming project that I want to be able to say I have done and be able to show off some day. This is the project I aspire to knit some day because of the massive undertaking I feel that it is. I’ve never knit with cobweb lace or a lace shawl of this size. The combination of the two is a bit frightening, but someday, I’d really love to complete this.

Now that I’ve written about this pattern, I find myself looking at cobweb yarn wondering if perhaps THIS is the year I begin this project…

Be sure to check out the other entries for today’s topic!

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Author:

I’m a thirty-something who works in finance. I live in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

6 thoughts on “Knit and Crochet Blog Week: An Inspirational Pattern

  1. Oh my, that IS a gorgeous pattern, and while with good charting and directions, almost anything is possible… the fact that it’s cobweb lace scares is what makes it intimidating for me! I’d bet you could do it though, even if it was slowly. (I have a huge lace shawl I’m working slowly on, bit by bit, and it’s become the knitting project I turn to when I want to knit for just me. I know I won’t finish it anytime soon, and I think that’s part of why I enjoy working on it when I want to, as I need to.)

  2. First off, thank you for telling me about Blog week! My blog has felt abandoned and this is great inspiration to keep it up

    Secondly, I have no doubt in my mind that you have the skills to do this lace shawl. I guess the commitment is the intimidating part, and I can’t quite blame you!

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