My original plan for this long weekend was the knit the Liesel scarf for my niece for Christmas. The pattern says it's for advanced beginners and can be knit in a day. I think the designer may be delusional. I started the scarf three times and finally turned to Eric in my frustration. I asked him to look at the pattern and see if there was a mistake which is why I kept messing up or if it was just me, messing it up. I was very gratified to get this email from Eric, "I would absolutely not ever consider this pattern to be 'advanced beginner' level. I think any lace knitter would agree with me that this is a very difficult pattern!" The pattern has pattern stitches on BOTH sides of the scarf, not just the front, and it's almost impossible to figure out where you are in the scarf by looking at the stitches on the needle. I basically wasted Friday and Saturday stuggling with that damn pattern before I asked Eric to help me out. This morning I decided to try something else and grabbed Barbara Walker's "Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns." Looking through the lace patterns I decided on one at the top of page 276. My apologies to those of you who don't have the book but if I give you the name of the pattern and my niece reads this post, I don't put it past her to google it and see what I'm knitting for her. (Yes, Niece, that means you!) This is a MUCH easier pattern and I've already made it through one repeat and I'm about to start on a second. I like this pattern. It's fun to knit and it's very easy to see where I am in the scarf and to see if I've made a mistake. I hope my niece likes it.
I don't like spinning silk. Frankly, I think it's a pain in the butt. I wound off what I'd spun on the above spindle and started spinning the llama roving I got back from a processor a couple of months ago. Since I wasn't knitting a scarf Friday and Saturday and I can't stand not having a project, spindle spinning was exactly what I wanted. I'm spinning very fine singles that plied will be between lace and fingering weight. Llama is 4 or 5 times warmer than wool so I thought I'd spindle spin enough lace weight yarn to knit a shawl. It'll take me a long time to spin enough but I'm not in a hurry and it's nice to always have something I can be working on. Spindles are very easy to pick up and put down and you can't get much more portable than a drop spindle.