Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea...

Summer is the season for melons. Cantaloupes, honeydews, watermelons, these weird Korean melons my mother used to buy called "cham-ehs." They look like very small yellow watermelons. Melons are great. When refrigerated, they are nice and cold and crisp. And SWEET. I could easily overdose on melon.

Thus, the melon shawl. I saw this on a few other blogs but was intimidated by the stitch. That is, until I did a good deed and returned a lost bag to a tourist and he thanked me by giving me a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Yay for karma! With that gift card, I purchased Victorian Lace Today and immediately took a look at the Melon stitch. Wait, that can't be...it looks...simple? I love everything about the one in the book. The electric green, the fuzzy mohair, the size. But instead of Kidsilk Haze, I decided to try out a different yarn--namely, Louet Kidlin. And I am now officially in love with both Melon stitch and Melon yarn. This pattern is so easy that I can watch television while knitting lace. Television! Lace!

My non-knitting friends suggested I do the border with the yarn I used for the provisional cast-on. I explained that the provisional yarn is a fingering cotton, not a laceweight linen-mohair blend. They still don't get it. They just like the colors together. Which is tempting me to think up some sort of shawl pattern using a pale green and deep blue. Speaking of deep blue...

The modest beginnings of Joy. I heart moss stitch. The yarn is soft. The color is much more muted than the photo suggests. Although I've learned my lesson with reversible knitting and now employ a handy row counter. This sweater is making me hum the Three Dog Night song, "Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea and Joy to you and me." Amen.

1 comment:

My Best Friend Calls Me Martha said...

that shawl is just gorgeous... maybe I'll go pick up that book and learn to lace, too :) thanks for the inspiration!