Today is one of my favorite days: an excuse to sit and knit and put my feet up, totally and utterly guilt free. So what better project than a mystery KAL in a drool-worthy yarn? This time, it’s Artyarns May Day Poncho, a gorgeous project that runs through the month of May (or longer if you prefer). It calls for one skein of Artyarns Ensemble Light.
I picked this luscious color for my May Day Poncho to wear for a special occasion later this month:
I am madly in love with this color: it’s the color of an Indian wedding, bright, saturated and perfectly intense. So beautiful! Combined with a luxurious fiber blend, it’s nothing short of sensory delight.
I hated to rip such a beauty, but in truth, it took a couple tries to get this going. The first part took more paying attention then I’m used to, and with the assorted clatter of family life and such, interruptions had crazy-making consequences (am I the only one who feels like I’m losing my mind when the lace doesn’t work?). But picking this up after 11 p.m. was no solution either. I’m not a fan of moving markers in lace: I like them to stay put in their designated area so I can keep track easily and know I’m doing it right. When I have to move one, it makes me think I made a mistake and I didn’t see anywhere in the pattern where it indicated markers would move on certain rows. But they do. So on the second try, I followed the chart, did a constant visual check on the lace and counted after each row and all was well. Not relaxing, you say? Ah but don’t forget the yarn is heavenly so the motivation is easy. Finally got it cooking and as with most of the lace I’ve done, am able to see where the dreaded dropped/forgotten yarn over has occurred, narrowly avoiding all sorts of havoc on the next row.
Look at those big pops of color jumping off the screen. Wow! I am ready and pumped for part two of this KAL and am gonna take myself outside into a nice comfy chair and knit in the sun.
Did I mention bliss?