Mindy's Stole, Part 1
Now that I have an idea, I can start designing. I pulled out my Barbara G. Walker's (these are the greatest stitch dictionaries ever, if you only get one set, this is the one to get) and started looking. I will probably end up designing the stitch myself since I'm not really finding what I'm looking for in traditional lace patterns, but these are still very helpful because I can see what stitches work in what ways. I started playing around with charting a cherry blossom petal design, charted it six different ways and started knitting a swatch with some Alpaca Cloud leftover from Leda's Dream. Less than halfway through the swatch, I've decided that the petals are knitting up too big. At this point, I'm thinking of representing the clouds of petals using negative space, instead of actually depicting them as petals. I'm also playing with the idea of incorporating a traditional lace design that will somehow morph into the cherry blossoms. I'm definitely leaning towards an asymmetrical design, possibly with some Japanese influenced motifs. At this point in designing however, there's no telling what will make it into the final design and what won't.