What I learnt from Luciole

Luciole is finished and it came out really well which is quite surprising. This was definitely my trickiest project to date and there are a few mistakes in it but I can’t see them, so I don’t think anyone else will be able to. I feel that’s a lesson in itself and there were a few other things I discovered along the way:

1). Lace knitting is really good brain exercise. I wouldn’t be surprised if it helps against degenerative brain disease, alongside chess and crosswords. It involves spotting and remembering patterns and holding the information in your heads and it felt like it was good for my brain! This pattern was made up of sections of 19 stitches each that were repeated across. By spotting patterns they were actually quite easy to remember. This was something I enjoyed about this piece as it appeals to me. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t check the shopping list until I’ve finished the shopping to see if I can remember it all.

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2). The size of your stitch markers makes a difference. I had some tiny ones that could sneak under a yarn over and make me think my stitch count was off. I got wise to their tricks though…

I can totally see why people get hooked on lace knitting. Because you have to concentrate hard you get swept into the stitches and forget everything else.

There is a downside to that. I tend to like to knit whilst listening to audiobooks. Particularly audiobooks on Tudor history. I couldn’t take in anything at all about Elizabeth I whilst I was knitting this. I still don’t know why she didn’t get executed during the reign of Bloody Mary (doesn’t live up to her name on that occasion I find).

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3). Use highlights on the pattern to show the row you’re working on. It makes it a whole heap easier.

4). I’m not a perfectionist and that is ok. In this shawl is a row that has six stitches too many which is quite a lot too many. I can’t find the row and I don’t think anyone else is going to be able to either. Of course, I know it’s there, but that is fine too because it reaffirms my view that it’s ok for there to be a few mistakes. Also I know that when I was making this piece, if I’d gone back and ripped out lots of rows it would have been so tricky to pick up all the stitches again that I probably wouldn’t have managed it and would have made a much bigger mistake and if I had managed it I might not have had the persistence to get through the shawl and would never have finished it. I am getting more skilled at knitting by a gradual process and that works for me.

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5). I’ve been waiting to publish this post in the hope of getting some really great pictures of it, but we’ve got lots on and I’m not sure that is going to happen any time soon so these pictures will have to do for now. That’s also ok.

6). The hard work and persistence was worth it. That’s worth noting.

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