Yesterday, World Cup Soccer ended with Spain winning. While I would be happier if my fake cousin David Villa* had scored a goal or three, but, over all, I am still pleased. The right team won and it didn't have to go to penalty kicks. (Even if I did have a moment where I realized that the overlords had won and spent the rest of the afternoon pondering the politics of genetics and empire building.)
On Friday, my World Cup Challenge ended... and not a moment too soon. I cast off Lotus Flower and was pleased that I had finished it in less than a month. (Cast on June 16th and finished July 9th.) I was also relieved because the pattern was seriously boring toward the end. 2togs and double yarn overs get old after a while.
There were no errors with the pattern, no dramaz and I don't hate anyone because I knit this pattern. This is a HUGE difference from my experience with the Niebling book. (Yes, I know, I still have to talk about that, but it won't be today.)
I used cotton/flax yarn from Russia in a slightly less shocking pink that seen above. I also used 2.75 mm needles for this project and love the finished size. It measures 45 inches across... and that's without a proper blocking. I ironed it rather than spending the rest of my life pinning it out. Sometimes the shortcuts are our friends.
The hardest part of this pattern was counting to 52 repeating. Talk about boring. The only new to me stitch was a triple yarn over, which was totally easy because it was just wrapping the yarn around the needle three times. After counting to 52 I don't know how many times, that was stupid easy.
This is another one of those lace patterns that looks very challenging but isn't. As long as you know where you are, use your stitch markers and remember how to count, it is a very simple thing to knit. Don't listen to anyone who tells you it's a hard pattern to work and ignore anyone who thinks it's too challenging because they may be crazy.
Better photos to follow if I ever get my shit together.* He's a Villa. We have to be cousins, right? Right?!