Thistle (WIP) and new project?

Another repeat in the lace section of the Thistle scarf was completed in the wee hours last night.

Thistle scarf: 2 lace repeats done, 5 to go

Thistle scarf: 2 lace repeats done, 5 to go

The lace knitting is going fairly well and no major accidents occurred so far – just some minor unravelling here and there. The pattern is not exactly easy with its 28-row repeat and requires concentration.

I’m pondering whether to begin another item of a different sort, something that would suit better for those times when attention may not be at hand.Β It could be some geeky knitting (aΒ fractal shawl, a Klein Bottle hat), or a Kate Davies’ pattern (Sontag, for example), or some quick and easy knit… Is this the beginning of aΒ startitis?

Fractal shawl: The Sierpinski Gasket Shawl

Fractal shawl – Original photo of Miss Julia Sett wearing her shawl (source:

What projects are you working on? How many ongoing items do you usually have?


29 thoughts on “Thistle (WIP) and new project?

  1. Ruth says:

    Thistle is looking great and something on the needles that doesn’t require as much thought is always nice just for some downtime knitting. A bout of startitis is always great I think. Really love the fractal shawl !

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hi Ruth,
      Thank you! I think you’re spot on… probably an easy knitting project would be a nice alternative for those times when lace is not really suitable πŸ™‚
      I think the fractal shawl idea is just great… looking into more maths/quirky projects, found a few interesting websites πŸ™‚

  2. I’m loving the scarf! I haven’t yet mustered up the courage to pick up my knitting needles again, but I’m going strong with my crocheting projects. Have a lovely afghan to enter in the County Fair next week.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Wow, that’s great, I love the idea of participating in a fair πŸ™‚ is it a competition?
      I used to do a bit of crochet, before the knitting bug got hold of me πŸ˜‰ but i still have a few nice projects i’d like to try at some point, including a tartan blanket

  3. I love the shawl – I love it all! πŸ˜‰

  4. derring-do says:

    Lovely work! The details are beautiful.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thank you, that’s really kind πŸ™‚
      Tin Can Knits have some graceful lace patterns, I may try something else in the future, they have a lovely lace blanket made in squares… maybe πŸ™‚

  5. monsteryarns says:

    That’s beautiful. I met Tin Can Knits recently and got her to sign the same pattern book you have. She’s great to speak to.
    I usually have far too many projects on the go than I care to admit – usually around six or so plus a queue in my head. I think it’s a good idea to have lots of different types of projects to keep your interested but only if you are self-disciplined enough to pick up the more challenging work. I have a lace shawl I haven’t touched in four months….

    • itwasjudith says:

      LOL, i see what you mean! you’re absolutely right πŸ™‚
      My trick to avoid having many things going is to save the item details rather than to start with the actual project… then come back later on and choose one of them from my “database”…
      On the other hand, I wasn’t quite that successful in keeping my stash under control, luckily my budget is now under restraints so that got the purchasing to a halt πŸ™‚

  6. Flora Poste says:

    Yes, it is official: you are an excellent lace knitter. And you go ahead with startitis, no fines for that;0) I always have different projects at hand. A sock/mitten for daily yoga and than something more intricate for challenge and beauty. At the moment amigurumi is the thing for me: short but sweet projects, but the techniques are quite difficult. And I am knitting a large stola…ohoh when will that be finsihed??? β™₯ Johanna

  7. Cinn says:

    I always felt that if I had one piece that required concentration that I’d need a simple project – even a dishcloth – to do during those frustrating moments when concentration is low. It prevents me from losing interest in the first project and tossing it aside completely.

    I think the shawl is gorgeous!

    • itwasjudith says:

      What you’re saying is so true! sometimes is just too difficult to concentrate and an easy knit fits the bill much better πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your comment and the kind words!

  8. ScrapAndSalvage says:

    absolutely gorgeous! i love the progress!!

  9. Tina says:

    That is stunning and what a gorgeous color!!!

  10. Martha says:

    your thistle scarf is coming on really nicely. well done. love the purple lacey texture and its delicacy. you will love it in autumn. how difficult is the pattern to make on a scale 0-10? πŸ™‚

    as for the UFO projects – mine are mostly cross stitch ones. Ive got 2 bigger xxx projects started at the moment (a peachy rose stitched half way through and a nordic stocking – not even a half way there!) and a few smaller ones- motifs for xxx cards. I get bored very quickly and sometimes struggle through a big projects.
    also need to do some machine sewing and finish my xmas bunting and a cushion cover – i have a “slight phobia” of a sewing machine and always leave sewing as the last thing to finish. should really try to build up my confidence by getting my sewing much out more often. can you sew?

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello Martha,
      Thanks for your comment!
      The scarf pattern is not too difficult, the only thing is that it’s fairly long (28-row for each repeat) so it’s not easy to memorise and you have to pay attention to the instructions. Also, stitch markers and often checks of the pattern will help prevent issues (=frogging). About a third of the scarf has the thistle lace pattern and the rest switches to a smaller normal lace, which should be easier. Finally, I made a few mistakes in the beginning, like misreading the chart. Apart from that, it seems to be a matter of having enough patience to keep going πŸ˜‰ (I know what you mean about getting easily bored!!).

      On a scale 0-10, I’d say it’s probably 5, because there are no special techniques (like short rows or the like) and the item is knitted in the flat with RS and WS.

      xxx looks very nice, but it seems to take a lot of patience and attention? I bought a few patterns while ago, but never attempted anything… I just liked the pictures πŸ™‚

      I could sew and used to do in the past (for things on a relatively easy level)… but that was long ago, and I should practice again… also, my sewing machine is not here in the UK…. that’s not helping πŸ˜‰

      I’m considering trying hand sewing (like here and her other items)


  11. Martha says:

    getting my sewing machine out*

  12. Tracey says:

    OMG so stunning!

  13. textileshed says:

    Thistle looks lovely – I do find lace a little exhausting though… I have just taken a break from a Japanese lace project, yo and decreases in EVERY row, phew! Looking at Thistle gives me motivation to pick up my lace again!

    • itwasjudith says:

      thank you πŸ™‚
      have you blogged about that Japanese lace project yet? i’d be curious to read more! sounds really interesting, although I understand the issue with a long and attention-demanding knitting project πŸ˜‰

  14. Thistle is looking fabulous! And I love the way it looks in purple. One more thing to add to my queue, it seems. When in doubt (or all laced out) I almost always start a pair of socks – I find round and round knitting on short sticks very soothing.

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