When it's summer, I don't want to knit big things. Heavy wool, big needles, a huge amount of knitwork on your lap, I associate it more with cold days, and winter stuff.
So, when the warm days are upon us, I much rather take on some crochet. Or maybe a very small knitwork like a hat, or a Barbie dress, or maybe.... I find something in a patternbook that is so irresistable that I just hàve to knit it.
I bought a beautiful Debbie Bliss book last week because I was soo in love with the little lace collar pattern on the last page.
It seems a helluva job at first sight, but in fact it was quite easy to knit. There is hardly any purling involved, that's a big benefit. There are decreases and yarn overs in every row, so you must be careful, no automatic pilot behaviour for this one.
|here's the finished collar presented on my mannequin|
|the back is also very nice|
I hesitated about the colour. Usually I prefer some brighter shades for summer. (i'm blond and have a light complexion) But when I wear this charcoal grey it's very becoming. This colour matches with a lot of my clothes, so I can wear it on most everything.
I prefer it to the other collar I knitted, in pale silk. This one is a bit looser around your neck and can be worn with a round-neck tshirt, and even a v-neck if you strech it a bit.
The rialto lace is just lovely to knit with. It is so light, soft and fine, but the result is stable and quite solid. I blocked it under a humid towel one night and the lace pattern was perfect. I think the weight of my cat on the towel helped a bit. (he firmly denied having slept on my knitting -which is strongly prohibited - but the hairs on the towel gave him away....)
There still remains a lot of lace on the skein. I think I will knit another one, it is such a perfect present for a birthday.
Maybe I will just change one thing : add a really nice vintage button in stead of the fine little knot.