But please don't misunderstand me: I am a believer that every lace pattern has its place. You are speaking to the girl of the 24 row repeat design - but I'm also aware that this is nothing in comparison to many others. Just mix that with a little Kid Silk Haze and you're onto a real crowd pleaser, a prime example of when knitting isn't a sociable activity. And it's around this time that so-called "helpful" comments from Husband about how knitting is "supposed to be relaxing" really aren't appreciated. Of course I'm relaxed as I'm hunched over my knitting, precariously balancing yarn, needles and pattern on my lap, cursing the post-it note that's dared to loose its stickiness as so separate itself from the page. No, I'm not in the least bit annoyed when you want to strike-up conversation or re-engage me in the television programme that I feigned interest in just so I could try to complete a full pattern repeat. And as for cooking the dinner or changing a nappy: Now we both know that lace knitting is a nocturnal activity so if I have picked up the needles in daylight hours there must be a real reason. So yes, I do think that I am allowed to be just a little disgruntled when you (un)reasonably ask me to partake of my normal household duties. Yes, you may have a demanding, more than full-time job but I'm knitting lace!
Of course, once you've learnt the pattern, the project takes on a completely different personality. Oh yes, look at me casually creating this thing of beauty. I can even pause my knitting to talk to you and know exactly where I am in the pattern. I can speak knowledgeably about the design and happily display the progress thus far with a nonchalance that most definitely wasn't present at project's start. My ease with project being such, I might even fool some of you into thinking that I'm some kind of champion lace knitter (!).
Tension levels rise again when it's time to block, but this is an activity usually performed without an audience so no pretence is required, no need to hide the fear that at this very late stage, it could all go so horribly wrong. There are no midwives to assist with this birth, no emergency c-section option - so if the plan does go wrong, there will be a period of mourning. But we're rows away from blocking and using a cashsoft yarn that is so much more forgiving than KSH so we might not need quite so much prayer to see us though this project. Just another time machine, but what's new there?