How often do people ask if I knit all of the samples in the store? Often enough that it's embarrassing to have to admit (over and over again) that it was one of the staff, or one of my knitters who has accomplished this or that work of knitting beauty. But this latest shawl on display is mine! And I love it, mainly because for my first attempt at knitting with lace weight yarn, it was incredibly easy and satisfying.
The Ridged Lace Shawl is a great first time project in fine yarn -- made up of a series of bands of basic stitch patterns that are repeated with consistent increases until the yarn (in this case, Whisper Lace but you can use any of our many and wonderful fine yarns) is nearly all gone. It could easily be done as a precious Christmas project, or would make a wonderful winter project for yourself, after the Holidays.
And once again, I'm thrilled and amazed at the miracle of blocking: how a piece of knitted lace blossoms so beautifully when wet, stretched and blocked to size where it can show it's true nature.