I’ve been knitting for about three years now. To my great surprise, it turns out that I have a thing for knitting shawls, especially lace shawls. I am constantly surprised by this since I never wore shawls before and never, in a million years, thought I’d enjoy knitting lace. I credit three people for fostering my love for lace knitting: Nicoletta, with whom I took my first lace shawl class, in which I totally failed. I chose a yarn that was way too thin and I never got into the pattern. But she encouraged me to keep going. My friend Kat, whose enthusiasm for all things fiber related is very contagious and who is a master lace knitter herself. But also Bev from Boo Knits who designs the loveliest lace that is easy to knit and comes with very clear charts and whose forum on Ravelry is one the friendliest I’ve ever been. This morning I came across a podcast in which she gives a lengthy interview on how she got into knitting, her creative process, and what it all means to her that is just a lovely thing to listen to even if you don’t knit.
I have to agree with Bev in the main advice she gives in her interview: life is too short to knit with yarn you don’t love. When I first started knitting, at my very first lesson, I was encouraged to just get some cheap yarn just to learn the stitches. That was fine but I just could not bring myself to knit a whole scarf out of that yarn that I didn’t particularly love. I fell in love with this nice, soft, variegated yarn by Malabrigo and bought that for my first scarf. That made the whole thing so much better and despite being my very first project and making many mistakes, the scarf still turned out lovely precisely because the yarn was so nice.
And here are some of my favourite Boo shawls I have knit: