My pal Ana brought me a skein of Quiviuk musk ox yarn from Stitches West. What a fabulous present! It is the softest thing you can imagine, and according to its literature, eight times as warm as regular wool. I can believe it! I was torn about what to make with it, as whatever it was, had to be super special. A scarf seemed the obvious answer, but what scarf? I planned to start it in Hawaii when I had tons of spare time, so I took it and my Barbara Walker lace patterns book and had heady hopes and ideas. Several knitters had posted a shawl which I greatly admired and wanted to emulate. The Diamond Mesh pattern in BW's Lace Knitting seemed to be just the ticket. I started the scarf and actually got about six inches done, but this design was not very fun to knit. It required a lot of concentration, constant reference to the pattern, and pretty much needed to be done while everyone else was asleep - a rather limiting limitation. Also, I decided that it was taking up too yarn. This may have been a rationale in order to avoid an admission of defeat. I have long admired the Myrtle Leaf Shawl in VLT, and so next I decided to make my scarf with a couple of repeats of that. Somehow, I could not get that pattern to work out. I realized that there are errors in the book, but even using the errata page, I could not get it to work. I am not a very experienced lace knitter, and this one had knit togethers and yarn over’s on both the front and back, and was too much for me. A day or two ago, I had another go – this time from the center panel of one the rectangular shawls in VLT. This one is easy, only requiring a glance at the instructions at the start of each knit row. I am hopeful that now finally I will have success with my lovely yak yarn.
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