Wow. I had no idea I would enjoy knitting lace so much.
I've temporarily (promise - temporarily, really!) set aside Red Top until my wrist is feeling better. I think it was just getting too heavy, even on circs. Don't worry - I'm still looking forward to finishing and wearing it!
Yesterday, I cast on for about the 7th time for the Leaf Lace Shawl and finally got it really going. I put my first lifeline in at around row 23 or so, and am up to row 29. What fun! And my wrist isn't bothered at all, given the fact that this thing is still practically weightless.
A few years ago, I went on a serious crocheting kick for quite a while. Made several afghans, etc. One of these days I'll make a crochet photo album and post some pics.
Anyway... Even though I have no use for doilies in my house, and no-one I know has any use for doilies in their houses, I decided to try making a couple. Despite the fact that it just about killed me (very tight work, hunched over, uncomfie chairs, bad light, you name it), I loved making them.
I know many of you will completely understand where I'm coming from here. Starting a new project is almost always the most fun part, right? Why? Because it's something new. A new challenge, new pattern stitch, new construction technique, new yarn, etc. Well there's something about crocheted doilies that really strikes the "I need it to be new" part of me. Every round is new. Every single one is different than the one before. There are never miles of endless stockinette (or in the case of crochet, single or double crochets for row after row after row). And you get to see the pattern grow sort of organically with each successive round, each one building on the one before.
I'm finding the exact same excitement while knitting this shawl. What will the next row be like? How will it create the next piece of the current leaf and begin to form the next one? Wow, check it out, I made a leaf! Oh look, here's another one! I can definitely see how lace knitting can be completely addictive!
To bring this post full circle, I am emphatically not relegating an unfinished Red Top to the back of the closet. No siree. It's going to be a terrific summer cotton tee. I'm simply relishing the pleasure of a newfound enjoyment.