This is the result of two hours of work: one hour knitting, one hour picking up a dropped stitch. On row 14. There are maybe 7000 rows left to go. My husband's helpful comment? "But you only have one square inch done! You messed up already?" To which I responded: "Yes, dear. Thank you for your insightful analysis of the situation." Or something like that. Is it too soon for a "Things I've Learned" list about lace knitting? I may not have done much actual knitting yet, but I've learned a lot. So, for those who haven't tried it yet (or those who've forgotten their first time), here's:
Things I've (Already) Learned About Lace Knitting
1. Ball-winding is not for sissies. The first time I broke the thread (I cannot, in good conscience, call this stuff "yarn"), I gasped. The second time, I swore. The third time, I put my head down on the dining room table and had a little rest.
2. There is a reason they call it "cobweb" weight. A spider would be proud to spin something this fine.
3. It is possible to untangle laceweight, but not with your sanity intact.
4. Only pull out as much thread as you can knit in ten seconds. See number 3 above.
5. Black pets and white cashmere do not mix. If you do happen to have a black-haired pet, you might want to ban it from the room for the duration of the project. And vacuum. And dust. And clean the sofa with a lint roller. And wear an apron and latex gloves. You will still be spending a lot of time picking black hair out of your project, but at least you can tell yourself you did everything you could.
6. Enlarge the charts. Seriously. Who do they write these things for, microbes? I can see that there are markings on the page, but beyond that, it's anybody's guess.
7. Invest in stitch markers. Counting across 523 stitches to figure out where you are in the row after getting up for a drink of water (we all know I mean vodka, right?) could get old really fast.
8. If the pattern requires you to "p5tog," consider very carefully whether this is something you really want to knit.
9. There's a reason they call it a "lifeline." Without it, you just might not want to go on living.
10. If you drop a stitch, you're on your own.