Funny this book review should come across my computer… I’ve got a project that I’m working on that is fuzzy AND lacey. I’m not sure about it – the “fuzz” part looks like I rolled in a bed of longhaired cats. Anyway, Sarah E. White at About.com reviews Alison Crowther-Smith’s book Lacy Knits. I really need to pick this up!
I have never been the huge fan of mohair-silk yarn (think Rowan Kidsilk Haze) that a lot of knitters are. I love the look of it, but the one time I tried to knit with it I made a big mess. I should have known better than to try to knit even a simple lace pattern while my daughter was in the NICU after being born six weeks early, but that’s another issue entirely.
So it’s safe to say that I’m skeptical when it comes to knitting lace in particular with this kind of yarn. Alison Crowther-Smith, on the other hand, is not. She’s written a whole book on the subject, Lacy Knits, and while some of the projects are quite adept at showing off both the lovely lace and the pretty halo of this yarn, some of them don’t look like lace at all. They’re still pretty projects — though admittedly there are a few here that aren’t in any way my style — but some of them I wonder why you’d bother to knit lace when they don’t end up really looking lacy.