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The Future of Lace — 6 Comments

  1. I, personally, rarely knit with anything heavier than fingering weight. The “heavier” lace sounds OK, and I do like a blend of silk and wool. However, I also love knitting with alpaca, and I’m looking forward to getting my shipment of Indulgence lace. The one thing you can do with the finer lace yarns is work with them doubled. That can also give an interesting effect when each skein is a different color.

    I’m more of a “process” knitter than a “project” knitter, so I’m not after instant gratification. I’d rather have a project that lasts a long time than a finished project right away.

  2. I do a fair amount of lace work, but probably more in fingering weight. But lace work is not dead. I wouldn’t normally work a lace pattern in anything heavier than a fingering weight unless it was for a quick cowl. I would love to see a 100% silk yarn but I really like a 100% wool in addition to the wool and silk blends. They have a good stitch definition and block out well to show off the lace. I have done some 50/50 merino/tencel blend and that blocked well with a really soft feel. And I do lace in the old standby- Crack.. I mean Kid Silk Haze. The haze means that the lace is not intricate but the results are quite lovely.

  3. At least 75% of the yarn i buy is lace weight, the rest would be sock yarn. Almost never buy anything bigger than that. Merino/silk is a wonderful combination, I know I have some in my work basket right now.
    When I find a new knitting store I first look to see what they have for yarn, if they don’t carry lace weight I usually only make the one visit. Yes, there are a lot of “new” knitters out there that want big yarn, and will buy and knit for a couple years and move on, and then there are those like me that have been knitting and buying for 40 years, so over time guess who will spend more?

    • Yes, when I started dyeing I’d already been knitting and crocheting on and off since I was about 15 or 16, so I knew there are life-long knitters. Those were (and remain) the knitters I want to serve — basic, solid dependable yarns for dependable knitters over the long haul. 🙂

      Ray

  4. I don’t know if this answers your question but I tried knitting with a lace weight yarn only one time and instantly did not like it and never tried it again. Even though I love knitting I don’t have any desire to try something that may take months and months to complete, at least for me anyway.
    I think what your supplier said holds some truth; I too see yarn crafts becoming more of an instant gratification thing. Especially with the whole “Look what I did!” social media fascination.

  5. Heavier lace weight to fingering is my main knitting yarn. The new lace weight seems to be about the same weight as the very, very popular Wollmeise lace, so a ton of patterns are out there for this yarn weight, but not so many choices, especially in the hand dye niche. You could promote the yarn with that angle.