Life after Lace Knitting?

Posted on Aug 24, 2009. 10 comments

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It's amazing what we can accomplish with our own two hands, a bad stubborn attitude and little bits of time. It's my opinion that being well behaved has no place in knitting. Sort of like the quote about Well behaved Women rarely make history. You have to take the time to knit, and put your energy into creating things despite or in spite of what others think. If you've knit for any length of time you've heard the dreaded You must be crazy or You have entirely too much time on your hands. But take the time anyway, it's yours to take already isn't it? Even if only a precious moment here and there. It eventually adds up into something substantial.
This my favorite hand knit of the many that has come off of my needles over the years, Spanish Peacock Shawl as found in Meg Swansen's A Gathering of Lace. It was worked one stitch at at time using almost 2,000 yards of wool-silk and finished when Maya was four months old. I took that time to finish in the in between moments. And I'm so glad because now I connect that shawl with Maya's wee babyhood, which was all too short.
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Not only am I bowled over by it's beauty but an interview by Meg about the book was the beginning of my designing career.
KBTH: What does the serious knitter do after lace knitting?
MEG: Is there an After-Lace-Knitting? If so, the answer may be: design.
These two simple sentences gave me the courage to put out my Fickleknitter shingle. Luckily my freak flag was already flying.
Here's a little glimpse into my life after lace knitting.
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Thankfully I'm still not well behaved.


  • Posted by Carrie K on Sep 02, 2009

    That sky photo! I hope it’s not because CA is on fire but it’s just flat out glorious.

  • Posted by Christine on Aug 26, 2009

    I’ve posted your first paragraph and photo to a group on Ravelry I thought it to be so wonderfully stated, I had to share it. I also linked your blog for them to be able to see the whole column.

  • Posted by kruse on Aug 27, 2009

    What stunning photographs! I am currently working on a art project about hands because like you, I am fascinated by what we can create with them. Not only that but we garden, hold babies, bake, scrub toilets and soothe the sick with them. I love, love, love being a creative woman.
    I’m glad you got inspired to design, because your work is lovely. I am so impressed that you have considered lace, I’m still on size 4mm’s and DK or Aran weight wool. Cowardly, I know!

  • Posted by lyssa on Aug 31, 2009

    I love these photos! That shawl is amazing.

  • Posted by Carrie K on Aug 24, 2009

    Gorgeous shawl. I hate that “you must have too much time on your hands”. Talk about well behaved – not. I’ve never actually thrust a needle in their eye but it’s crossed my mind.

  • Posted by mindy on Aug 24, 2009

    Actually, its all the nosy, busy-body people who comment about our knitting that obviously have too much time on their hands- maybe they need something constructive to do. Hmmm- what could that be??
    Lovely shawl, and love your pictures.

  • Posted by AlisonH on Aug 25, 2009

    That gorgeous shawl pattern, and wanting to do it my way, wanting to have a circle but not a closed circle, is what got me started four years ago. The rest is Wrapped in Comfort history.
    Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous. And yes, one of the things knitting does is anchor memories in specific time.

  • Posted by Big Alice on Aug 24, 2009

    It’s beautiful, just stunning. Congratulations!

  • Posted by Kath on Aug 24, 2009

    Wait – you put out the freak flag? I must have missed that one – you seem awfully normal to me! :)
    btw – gorgeous shawl. Someday Maya will be all grown up and terribly proud of her mama’s amazing work. I’m sure of that.

  • Posted by Mildawg on Aug 24, 2009

    What a gorgeous item. I enjoyed the insight of this post.

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