Pattern: Barton Cottage Shrug
Designer: Kristi Schueler
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace
Needle: Size 4
When I purchased the first issue of Jane Austen Knits, filled with lovely goodies, I asked my daughter, a fellow JA enthusiast, to choose which item she'd like me to knit for her, and this was it. Around the same time, a Jane Austen knitting group was proposed on the Ocean State Crafters forum on Ravelry, and it seemed a great way to get started on the project. So in June of 2012 a small circle of knitters started meeting weekly over the summer, waaay up at the Smithfield Barnes and Noble. It quickly evolved from a JA knitting group (as I appeared to be the only one knitting JA!) to a knit whatever group, and we informally call ourselves the Noble Knitters. When school started and our lives became busier, we decided to meet once a month at night. We've had up to 4 or 5 knitters, plus kiddos; often it's just me and Rachel; once it was just me! Now we are back to a weekly summertime meeting, which I look forward to.
It took me over a year to complete the shrug. The stockinette body was a piece of cake, but once I hit the sleeves and lace, it periodically languished for months. I didn’t enjoy working with this yarn. I had some difficulty with the fairly simple lace pattern, which is mostly just me, but had it down pat on the last sleeve, wouldn't you know. It’s a good thing the ribbon cinches up the front, as my casing looked pretty wonky. Despite my issues with knitting it, it came out looking beautiful on my daughter. More photos on my project page.
Two blooms on my Ruth Love lily: