Not my norm…

18 Jan

I think everyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that I strongly encourage people to step out of their comfort zone – try something new. I personally like to try something at least daily (even little things count) – but when crafting, I think you should take this plunge every few months.

I admit – I’m inspired and awe-struck by much of the work that the ladies and gent of my knitting group produce. I have some some SERIOUSLY amazing pieces created from tiny little baby clothes to fantastic afghans – the lace work is no exception.

After yarn group this last week, I took a quick trip to Joann’s with one of the women from my group. She went straight back to yarn with me (as if there was ever a doubt that would happen) and began rummaging through her favorites. So many of her choices were nothing like my personal preferences – she went for bold colors – even crazier: she went for bold colors that were self-striping – like… bright red that turns to bright yellow and back to a neon green. And even crazier – I know that when she sits down to knit it up, its going to be stunning.

And then I’m left in the “oh, that’s pretty – I never would have thunk it – but wow, I’d love something like that” seat.

So while she was pawing through some seriously crazy colors, I saw Patons Lace sitting there… I have admired this yarn before and its not that I’m ever worried about working with such thin yarn – I can do it, I just tend to migrate away from it.

But all the lovely shawls my friends make… they were shoving inspiring me to buy this yarn.

I stood and started at it when I saw something even a little more insane for me – there was Patons Lace Sequin yarn! Yup, the same yarn only with a tiny sequin dotted throughout.

So – I thought Its time to try something new – and this time, its yarn choice. Granted, I didn’t go wild in the color department – but I think the sequin are wild enough right now.

Baby steps, right?

I grabbed 2 balls of it and have been looking for a pattern ever since. I want to show off the halo of the yarn and the tiny sequins so it must be delicate. I also want it to be something nice I can wear to work but not so over-the-top fancy that people begin to question my sanity of selecting work appropriate accessories.

I originally thought it should be knit but I did find one crochet pattern that I think would look stunning. I just need to revisit the few patterns I have found and figure out which is the most feasible for me with my current skill set. Obviously, if I go with the crochet pattern I’m fine – if I go with a knit pattern, I increase my risk of getting stuck – but I’m willing to take that chance.

I need to figure out a pattern quick since I’m getting close to finishing the wrap for my daughter.

Any suggestions?


Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Rambles and Reflections


9 responses to “Not my norm…

  1. Spinster Beth

    January 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Have you tried the Ravelry pattern search tool? You can put in what kind of yarn you have and how much … and then a keyword like “Shawl” or “cowl.”

  2. florencefrazier2002

    January 19, 2013 at 12:30 am

    It's good to get out of the box! I have some Noro sock yarn that is begging to be a beautiful lace shawl, but, I am making myself wait until I get my sweater really going. I have a few in my Ravelry Library that I think would work well for that. Let me go take a look and I will come back and post the links.

  3. florencefrazier2002

    January 19, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Ok, the second post didn't post for some reason so I will give you the names and you can look them up on Ravelry:
    Frosty Night Cowl-this one is crocheted, Ice Queen-knitted, Lace Capelet-knitted, and Amelia. You can also search free patterns in Ravelry using lace weight yarn. Hope this helps!

  4. Cris

    January 19, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Rav is always the first stop for me :) (LOVE that site)

  5. Cris

    January 19, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Thanks, Florence!

  6. Crafts fromthe Cwtch

    January 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I don't tend to knit lace so I can't make any recommendations, but I think this is great. I'm also keen to encourage stepping out of comfort zones (that's why it's the theme of the upcoming knitalong).

    Hope you have a great weekend

  7. autumngeisha

    January 20, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Love the sparkly yarn! I think it would be a great yarn for a pretty cowl pattern, like the April Showers cowl (knitted).

  8. Faith

    January 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Wow. If you wanted to knit I would suggest Ice Queen, but I don't know many crochet patterns. Cannot wait to see what you come up with!


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