Grace did not survive the time-out, and has been frogged.
But within this sad news, the happiest of happy occurred.
I found the MadTosh love ♥
My copy of pompom Fall arrived and within the pages there was my answer to the Madtosh dilemma. Morganite; a gorgeous cardigan with a bold lace yoke, and written for this very yarn.
My size needs 6 skeins, and I only have 5 but I feel that's fine. I will be shortening the body by 3", and possibly making the sleeves 3/4; something I would have done anyway.
The stocking stitch shows off the colourway (Terrarium) much better than the overall texture - I really love those pops of turquoise. I've even worked out how to manage the lighter skein! I'll be alternating it in around the yoke, so the lighter colour will graduate up around my face and be in mottled in amongst the lace. I think this will blend in rather nicely.
I'm 8&1/2" into the body and I'm so very pleased I quit Grace while I was ahead. There is a definite point when you know it's "right", and the Morganite pattern/yarn combo is Right in ways Grace never was, never could be.
I'm using my new HiyaHiya sharps in 4.5mm too, which have the perfect scoop for the twisted rib bands. I do love a good scoop.
All this lovey feeling gave me a burst of energy and enthusiasm, which timed perfectly with our knitting group starting their very first KAL; Lacetember! Running for all of September, we will be knitting lace in whatever form we choose. Some are going traditional, with laceweight yarn and beautiful stoles; I think some might choose socks, and there's bound to be loads of other variations within our diverse little group.
I've cast on Cold Pine, which ticks the KAL box and my 24in12 challenge - huzzah!
This is a gorgeous free pattern from Caitlin ffrench. It's simple, but it keeps you on your toes too, I discovered. Unlike a lot of lace I've knit previously, I can't seem to find the intuitive pattern within this one. It could be me, because looking at the chart it seems to be a standard type of pattern, but either way - I'm enjoying the unpredictable twists and turns.
Actually, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with the knitting life at the moment and one can't complain about that, can they?