YarnHarlot is sponsoring the Knitting Olympics. When this years Winter Olympic torch is lit, approx. 900 (as of today) of us knitters will endure various knitting challenges we have set forth for ourselves. Pain. Agony. Hellz, yeah, sign me up. I knew immediately I would be making lace. I have been itching to do the Frost Flowers and Leaves from A Gathering of Lace.

I had even ordered the undyed alpaca lace yarn for this puppy with the intention of dying it a lightly varigated green. But I think this pattern was a little out of my league. The large circular needle, the life-lines, xeroxing the pattern to an obscenely unportable size to keep my aging eyes from crossing. And this is NOT social knitting by any stretch of the imagination. And have I mentioned how Trixie likes to…um…help me knit…from the comfort of my lap? Given 4 months, tv with cable, a ton of valium, and a locking interior door to sequester me and my lace away from curious kitties and Mike–Sure I could do it (hey when my knitting frustrates me, I have been know to bite the heads off of all small animals and SOs within a 5ft radius, {{mwah}} Love you SO). Okay–the deal is the challenge begins when the Olympic torch is lit on February 10th and continues for a mere 16 days ending on February 26th when the torch is extiguished. {{{Wimper}}}

So here is Plan B (enlarge it and check out the detail, the file is huge)

The Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia from Interweave Knits Summer 2003. I know. Entrelac? Lace? Entrelac lace? Ouch. Have I lost my mind? No, I am not an entrelac expert. And the only lace I have done is in normal light worsted weight yarn and minimal charts. This flashy combo of techniques actually deceptively way easier than traditional shawls worked in the round. The lace is worked in very small entrelac sections. So there are smaller charts to work with and if you mess up you are only out a small square of lace as opposed to a large set of rounds.

After consulting with my Sunday morning girls, I have decided not to dye the alpaca lace yarn (I am using the stuff slated for the Frost Flowers and Leaves shawl.) I think this shawl is intricate enough fro the design to get lost in any color that isn’t a super light. Besides if I decide to dye it, I can post challenge. Maybe in a muted chartruese (Is there a such thing as a muted charteuse?). We’ll see. In the mean time natural alpaca lace it is.

So, like any good athelete I am in training. I have taken on the Flower Basket Shawl by Evelyn A. Clack from Interwaeve Knits Fall 2004 to master my lace skills on a yarn weight that will not make me crazy.

I am using some Filatura Di Crosa Multicolor in a yummy varigated aqua that I could not resist on my last trip to my LYS.

Spiderman: Excuse Me? Aren’t you in training? Back to the needles or bribe me with tuna.

Brutal, Kitty. Brutal.