A Knitting Christmas Wish List
So I don’t know about you, but there’s always something on my Christmas list that’s knitting or crocheting related – whether it’s a unique ball of yarn to add to my stash, new needles, a special pattern I’ve had my eye on or some combination of those things. This year I’ve been focused on a particular pattern that calls for specialized yarn and needles, none of which I owned.
It started because my grandmother’s family hails primarily from Scotland, and I have acquired a few of my great-grandparents’ items over the past year – including my great-grandmother’s sewing and embroidery basket. Tiny needles, tiny thread, not really my scene – but there were some beautiful pieces still in the basket, some of which looked suspiciously like extremely tiny crochet and knit items. Curious, I wandered the internet – and discovered the fascinating art of traditional heirloom knitted Shetland shawls (a fine Scottish tradition), and fell in love with the wedding ring shawl. What’s a wedding ring shawl? The pattern I broke down and purchased creates a delicate shawl 6ft square that is so finely knit it can be drawn completely through a wedding ring!
Of course, in order to get such a fine lace shawl you need the tiniest of yarns to work with – your regular laceweight yarn just isn’t going to cut it. With such a tiny yarn your regular size 1 needles are going to be too big – so naturally I had to buy new needles (oh darn….). Size quadruple 0, folks, that’s the size needles I bought. Unfortunately I couldn’t find wooden ones that small, so I went with metal (we’ll see how my hands like them).
So for Christmas this year I’m craving that last piece of the puzzle. Specifically, the tiniest yarn I can find. The one I have my eye on is a gorgeous 2-ply 30% silk 70% cashmere delight (sigh) that just may break my bank when I factor in the exchange rate. It’s so fine that there are 1837 yards per ounce – or for those of us in the metric system there is a whopping 1500m in one 25g ball. In comparison, I have a lovely ball of your more standard laceweight yarn in my stash that has only 200 m in 25g. Holy smokes.
Even if I do get my Christmas yarn wish, there’s still the problem of finding the time to knit something of this size – no way can I crank this out in a couple weeks, or a couple months…..I’m thinking at least a couple years before this thing gets close to finished. Am I crazy for wanting to do a project this big? Only time will tell 🙂
So what’s on all your Christmas wish lists (if you celebrate Christmas)? Any special projects you want to try going into the new year? Any special yarn requests?
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