I spent last night cruising Knitty to make sure no one else has ever written a lace basics article. No sense writing something that already exists (not to mention it severely reduces the odds of this article being used). There is a very nice article on reading charts (in the winter '04 issue) but nothing in particular about how to choose a first lace project, what yarn to use, how to block, or anything. So that's what I'll write. I'm also going to add a little bit on charts, but won't get into it much since that other article is already there.
So. What do you guys want to know about lace?
In other news, I got some kickass photos e-mailed to me the other night. Theresa (the blogless one - we've got two Theresas in the comments) decided to knit a pair of socks, using THE STEEKED JACKET PATTERN.
Aren't they great? Excellent job, Theresa! You've made me think I should try this, myself.
Otherwise, I'm trying to gear up for this trip to Florida on the 7th. The husbeast keeps trying to turn it into a safari - "You should take the baby gates/high chair/pack and play/kitchen sink." and I want it to be a simple, quick, throw-in-a-suitcase-and-go visit. We'll see who wins.
The Knitty Project, for those who asked, wasn't almost finished. It was barely half done, and the other half included charting and intarsia and felting and lots of finishing. I still plan to finish it - it was a felted bag, designed to use up bits of leftover wool - and sell the pattern in my shop. But it's not happening this week. Instead I'm gonna work on the shawl. Heeheehee.