I'm not one for stepping too far out of my comfort zone, I've said before that I've been me for a lot of years so I know what I like. I'd probably be happy to knit socks and baby items for the rest of my life but I've always had the inkling that I should try more lace knitting. So this last week I've been tackling Afternoon Tea from Knitty.com
I used some 100% cotton I had in stock, brilliant more stash busting, found a suitable sized circular needle, though I really don't enjoy knitting with them, and began. The pattern is pretty simple if a bit confusing because it actually starts with 5 stitches which as if by magic become the centre of the top straight edge . The lace border wasn't too challenging, a simple 8 row pattern that was easy to follow and correct as required and I did require to a few times. I also discovered that it's not possible to knit lace, follow the subtitles and complex plot of the new BBC4 crime drama The Bridge and remain calm so don't try that at home.
Afternoon Tea is a shawlette so it sits prettily on my shoulders, much as the pattern, but is also rather nice wrapped round my neck and will be a pleasing infill for a coat or jacket. This lacework for beginners hasn't quite satisfied my desire to knit a stunning spidery family heirloom shawl for which I already have some gorgeous 100% cashmere in stock, but it has scratched the itch for now.