Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Addendum on Lace

So not so long ago I seem to recall giving a bunch of you grief for not knitting lace. Well, now, after my own failed go at the lace, I understand a little better why people don't knit and crochet lots and lots of lace: Because it sucks.

Well, maybe that's a bit harsh. But the lace will definitely take some getting used to. It's so freaking small. (Yes, I know! That's why they call it lace-weight!) The yarn's small, and the hook's small, and the stitches are small... Wow, I have a whole new respect for thread crocheters. Actually I already had a pretty healthy respect for them, but now I know that thread crochet must be even tougher than lace, because at least lace-weight yarn generally feels better than mercerized cotton thread. Thread crocheters are really dedicated to their art.

Despite these misgivings, please don't misunderstand: I'm not giving up on lace crochet. I can't. I bought all that yarn.


Kim said...

Ah, yes, the joys of lace. You'll get it, babe. And I love your closing line. You crack me up.

Eve said...

Hmm, maybe we can turn you into a knitter yet. When knitting lace, you get to use a larger needles than those teeny, tiny crochet hooks. For example, the mystery stole used laceweight yarn with size 4 needles.

Gotta Knit! said...

Hate to tell ya this but Eve is right. We get to knit with big needles with small yarn for lace.