There are all kinds of knitting and all kinds of knitters. I, for one, am primarily a relaxation knitter. I tend to knit boring fabrics in simple shapes because I don't have to think about it. I don't knit as a mental challenge, but rather to clear my mind of stress, be calm, and let my brain work on things I need to sort out. That's fine, but it's not good for me to do _only_ that kind of knitting. In the same way that different exercises strengthen different muscles, different kinds of knitting projects strengthen different knitting muscles. You don't have to be good at it. In fact, messing up is important because mistakes are where the learning happens. When everything is smooth sailing, we don't have to think about what works and what doesn't or why. Especially with lace. With lace, stitch markers are your friend, but they can only tell you something is wrong, not what is wrong. When you find your count is off, you're forced to analyze it a little bit. Two few stitches, and you have to think, Did I miss a yarnover? If so, where? Too many stitches, and it could be an extra yarn over or not enough SSKs. You have to look at the pattern and look at your knitting and go stitch by stitch to figure it out. Looking at your fabric that closely is an excellent way to learn to read your knitting. Ginni and I teach an excellent class on reading your knitting and fixing your mistakes, but it's not until you actually use those skills in the context of a project that you really get it.
Not only does knitting lace help stretch and build your knitting muscles, it helps keep your mind sharp. Whether your 30 or 60, mental exercise is an important part of wellness and staying healthy all the way around. That's why we've introduced the Lace Shawl Series, starting with three lovely Boo Knits patterns. Each lace pattern is a little different with something to teach and challenge, the next just a little more challenging than the last. First in the series is Drift Away, one of the easiest of her designs. In this class you'll learn the tricks (and ways around) the infamous tabbed cast on, the clever edge increase technique that seamlessly incorporates new stitches into the lace repeat, and much more. Ginni will go over the tricks and give you lots of tips on how to ensure your shawl is a success. After Drift Away, there's the lovely Sweet Dreams, followed by Promise Me. These are all lovely designs that work up pretty quickly and make wonderful little accessories and spectacular gifts for the knitworthy in your life.