I've been thinking about knitting another "Gossamer Web - Orenburg style" shawl. I wanted to do it just right so I'd put it off until I could find just the right wool for the job.
My last was a triangular pattern I found in an Interweave Press mag from a few years back. I knit it up with Crystal Palace lace weight in white. It turned out beautiful...one an award at a state fair when I entered it that year. It is one of my favorite pieces and I wear it often. But that was a while ago...
At the beginning of this summer I finally found the perfect wool. It is called Harmony by Jojo. The colorway is blues and tan, very subtle varigation. I am doing the Pine Tree Palatine Scarf from The Gossamer Webs design collection -- a small book that I bought years ago from Galina Khmeleva when I took her class.
Its a lovely technique - all knitting stitches with the typical YO's and K2tog's to make the lace patterns. I'll have to concentrate for sure, but I am looking forward to working it up. It always seems to make sense the way the pattern comes together. I would think that alot of knitting based on folk patterns are like that. These amazing women knit them from their heads...passed the patterns on through generations...I like how that feels -- knitting something that an old russian grandma would have knit.
I started the scarf over the weekend up north. A perfect place to knit -- out on the porch by the lake. It was wonderful. Now that I am back home, I will have to have more discipline to work on it faithfully. It is always harder to find quiet time around home. If I get it, I worry about all the other things I should be doing. Its tough being a responsible housewife and mother!