In the middle of NaNoWriMo, I noticed a group had started on Ravelry dedicated to knitting lace during the month of March - NaKniLaMo. I thought it was an awesome idea, joined, and cast on earlier this month to make my first shawlette.
I dunno about anyone else in the group, but I've been the only person to post in it. Regardless, I finished the shawlette on Monday. And I love it. Really, truly, deeply.
The pattern is Bitterroot by Romi Hill, from the Winter 2009 Knitty. I used yarn that Ash got me for Christmas in 2008, and I absolutely love it. It's Knitpicks Kettle Dyed sock yarn, in a very bright yellow that just seems to brighten every outfit. They don't carry it anymore on their website :(
Anyway, even though I don't know of anyone else that knit lace in March, for the KAL, I thought it was super fun. I'm really happy with the result and want to make more!
One thing that surprised me was how big the finished product was - here's a picture of it on the back of my couch. Hard to believe that all those stitches fit on my 14'' circulars o_o;
My favorite part of the pattern? The last four rows. The lace between the leave motifs looks crocheted! when I took it to club, everyone was asking me how I made the edging. I felt very smug and smart!
For my next lace shawl, I definitely will use some sort of wire (maybe armature wire or a coat hanger) because the pins were so painful to do! I hate pinning things, and if I were to use wires I could hang the shawl up on a wall and not have to worry about people stepping on it as it blocks on the carpet.
Now that I have my shiny shawl, my next question is - how do I store it? When I'm in the shower or sleeping, I'm not wearing it, so do I hang it up on a hanger? Fold it on a desk? Right now, I've been draping it over my couch :)