KnitPicks order came yesterday and I was excited to start a new project. I started this scarf last night and after about 5 tries I finally got it. This is the Lovely Leaf Lace scarf from the Purl Bee, made with supima cotton-modal yarn instead of cashmere. At $2.50 a ball from KnitPicks, I wanted a cheap yarn for my first try.
I had to invoke the help of the Knit Witch, who helped with stitches I've never done before like "ssk"or "s1, k2tog, psso." It was all Greek to me too until I watched some videos. And now I am obsessed with knitting lace.
I think this yarn weight and needle size is good for a nubbier yarn like cashmere. I want to try it with a bamboo-silk blend next, so I will have to use smaller needles. I am planning to invest in some Denise interchangeable knitting needles - this is the best option I've seen out there. With all the different lengths and sizes I need, it's better to have this little kit instead of a zillion different needles flying around.
Patterns in general are difficult for me to follow because I often forget which row I am on and I don't use a counter. I usually just wing it and hope for the best. Hopefully I can learn to be more disciplined because eventually I want to knit onesies and baby blankies and stuffed knit animals for all my married and soon-to-be married friends. Start breeding already!