Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A place for lace

Some years ago, whilst in the San Francisco area, I visited the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley. It's one of the stranger exhibitions I've encountered in my many years of enthusiastic museum-going, not the least because it's actually a store specializing in needlework accessories, and there just happens to be collection of strangely-curated lace tacked onto it. It's a rather nice needlework store with a good selection of needlework-related books for sale. As a museum it's kind of pathetic. In fact, let's call it a "museum." I wonder if a store that calls itself a museum derives some special kind of "tax benefit"...?

If I wanted to become my own lace and textile museum, I might exhibit the beginnings of a scarf/shawl and a sock that are in process as I write this.

The scarf/shawl (haven't yet decided which), a gift for my friend Ana, is the Oscilloscope Shawl from the Fall 2010 issue of Knitscene Magazine.  The Lace Sterling socks, a free download from Kraemer Yarns, are for me, if I ever, as it were, put my nose to the grindstone. The thing about knitting lace, IMHO, is that absolute concentration is required. Such focus has many benefits, but it's hard to summon the focus if your life involves social interaction, myriad commitments, and competing interests, as mine does. So, the sock grows slowly, and I am allowing myself the option of truncating the shawl as a scarf if  I can't finish it before Ana, now twenty-seven, grows grey hair.



  1. Well, I am planning a little cotton cardigan and I am looking for a stitch that would look pretty, airy and not too difficult to make. The one that you show in the scarf/shawl might just do the trick, I will make a swatch and see, thanks fot the hint.
    Also, thank you for the information on the lace museum. It was on my wish list on the occasion of a possible trip to SF, but I see that it is not worth! Coming from this side of the world, your advise saved me a lot of disappointment.

  2. Dear Arachne,
    Send us a photo of your swatch, cardigan in process, or finished cardigan, and we will post it. Readers enjoy seeing different versions of a pattern, and it would be very interesting to see how the Oscilloscope patterns comes out in cotton. Thanks!