On Thursday evening as I was driving out to knitting group when I noticed that the kowhai at the bottom of the drive was flowering. As many of you know my mother’s lace designs include a kowhai motif and for a long time now I have wanted to re-use it in a smaller project. The difficulty with lace designed for very fine yarn is maintaining the definition in a heavier yarn but this one has a simple enough combination of shapes it is worth a try.
The kowhai at the bottom of the drive is always an early bloomer – the much older one in the back yard is usually one of the latest so this year I am determined to have at least one sock finished before the back one drops all it’s flowers. On Sunday I collected some Knitsch Sock in Goldrush and tonight I cast on.
One of the tricky aspects of the kowhai design is the direction of the lace means it needs to be a toe up design. As I haven’t actually finished a toe-up sock before this could be a challenge. At least I’ve got off to a good start having found a great video of Judy’s Magic Cast On on You Tube. I haven’t been quite decisive enough about how I’ve managed the increases but I’ll work on that for the second sock.
In the meantime I’ve added yet another project to the list!