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Thursday, September 22, 2005

the Pensieve of the Lacemakers


At some point in the lace making,
the memories of the ancients arrived.

No longer was I jerking along and bobbing my head reading the charts; my hands became fluid in their movements. I found the areas of pattern repeats by touch not sight and flew…

This enlightened state took place not at the beginning. Not in the middle when tedium and mass crush the spirit, but at the very end, when now, empowered by intuitve understanding, I could’ve knit forever and a day.

At this moment, 7/8ths of the way, nay, 98? 99% of the way to the finished (and highly desirable edge) I stumbled.

Or more correctly, the Little Bad Muse HOT-5.gif stumbled…

I was almost OUT of YARN and there were 2 rows to go!

Surely my calculations/estimations were correct? Surely the amount the pattern called for was accurate? Sadly, I’m sure, this was not to be…

Desperately, I started thinking about what was to be done.

Tear out my hair! NAY – it was once again growing out from a bad haircut and I could not spare a millimeter.

Rippout the last pattern repeat and repurpose the edge with that? NAY – I was stuck to my proportions of blue to orange like the Super Glue bonding to your finger and the package wrapper when instead you’re trying to repair an earring or two…

Rant and Rave and Raid the STASH? LIGHTBULB! But alas, there’s nothing there remotely in the dramatic range of your first two colors…

But wait. Look UP. See your Sock Yarn Stash. See sticking out one lonely little ball of Hemp/Wool left over from some socks


This yarn was not the same color but it was almost the same colors – shades of yellow, rust, brown touched with orange. Applied on the very edge of my shawl, it would make a light little froth of color, maybe accidently banded on the curving edge wherever the darker tones arrived.

It was meant to be…

to be continued. For the whole shebang read it HERE

4 responses to “Thursday, September 22, 2005”

  1. Teresa Stetler-Clear says:

    Debi/Mz. DZined – was at our local Wool Gathering this past weekend. Her’s was the only yarn I purchased there. Of course I spent more than I’d planned but I *love* her yarn and her color palette.

    I told her how much I loved the Ribby you made from her yarn.

  2. Vickie says:

    Can’t wait to see it! I know I’m probably way behind the times, but congrats anyway on the nod in Vogue Knitting. When I saw the Ribby Cardi I got all excited like I’d rubbed elbows with someone famous. I said to my husband, “That’s Bonne Marie’s sweater. I’ve made her bucket hats!” Okay – so it was early in the morning and I’m not glib at that hour, but I’m excited for you anyway. You deserve all the fame and fortune that comes your way.

  3. Donyale says:

    Hmmm, I did the same with my swatching (ahem – there was only one) but noticed that I really had to go up a few needle sizes to get it to sit right. – I love your colour combo BTW.

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    Hey Teresa – I am so glad you got some of Debbie’s yarn – I love the things I’ve made from it! Thanks for mentioning the Ribby to her – she was very helpful to me when I was making it…

    And Vicki and Donyale – thanks so much for the kind compliments – I am THRILLED to be in Vogue Knitting – WOOT! I got the shakes when I saw it…

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