The fall issue of Knotions is live! My newest lace design, Rising Fog, is a featured pattern.
It's a beaded rectangular stole/shawl with two identical edgings. For symmetry, the second edging is knit separately, then grafted to the body of the shawl. If you are nervous about grafting, don't let that step prevent you from giving the pattern a try! The grafting happens within a garter-stitch band and (trust me) it is not hard to do, especially if you practice on a swatch first.
I knit the shawl in Classic Elite's Silky Alpaca Lace, an incredibly soft alpaca and silk laceweight. The shawl took most of two skeins, so you should expect to need around 900 yards. You'll also need plenty of beads (303, to be exact). I used pale pink glass beads from the WEBS Beads Store. Here's a detail shot showing the placement of beads on the edgings:
The shawl was partly inspired by the wisps of fog I often see rising above the Pelham hills just east of where I live in Amherst, Massachusetts. I haven't got any good pics of the hills I see every day, but here's one of fog rising over hills in another part of western Massachusetts. It's a view from Kripalu, a yoga retreat center where I spent some time this week:
I did a lot of yoga at Kripalu--and spent a lot of time in the whirlpool too. What a relaxing place! I only brought easy knitting, such as this sock, which I knit on while walking the outdoor labyrinth:
Like my Emily's Firmaments Shawl, Rising Fog has an Emily Dickinson connection, which you can read about on the pattern page. I do wonder if the beads might have been a little too fancy for Emily, but well--I liked the way they suggested droplets of water, so there they are! If you detest beading, of course you can leave them out.
I've been on the computer so much today that I'm beginning to worry that the kinks I worked out of my neck and shoulders at Kripalu are going to come back. So, best to step away from the keyboard and take a break. But not before extending a big thank-you to my sister Jackie for modeling Rising Fog. We had some trouble finding a day last May when we were both free and it was not raining (it seemed to rain almost every day that month), but in the end it worked out fine. Thanks again, Jackie!