It’s 07-07-07 and I’m feeling LUCKY!
top (@50 rows) size 3.25mm needles
bottom (@60 rows): size 3.5mm
Well, I guess when I wrote the other day that 3’s a Charm on 3rd Rock it meant I’d be starting Mystery Stole #3 three TIMES!
Indeed, I took a good look at my second start and thought it was too dense. Then I read “A Question of Definition” and it pushed me over the edge! My stole gauge was too tight. But.
HEY! There’s no expiration date on knitting, dear little slow-bees.
And now that I’ve gone up a needle size (to 3.5mm) you can see LACE!
There’s Air in There. You can see how it’s opened up in the mesh areas and the pretty little bit of light peaking through the St st areas.
Even though black lace is a B to shoot, let me tell you there’s eyelets and yarn-overs, and K2TOG’s all playing nice and liquid like a merino waterfall when I draped it over my arm.
And that’s what’s exciting — we get to wear this! I have needed a stole for a long time — my first attempt was a few years ago now and it’s been many a summer night when I longed for something to throw over my shoulders and wrap me right. THANK YOU, Melanie!
The other excitement, the longer lasting thrill, for me is that I think now I *get it*. The Lace Thing. I was knitting a row and just sailing along — not struggling with the needle size or fiddling with the yarn because it was either too stuck to the needle or slipping all over the place.
Thing is, I would’ve started over 300 times to Get It.
But it’s 07-07-07 and I feel lucky. Gotta knit now.