It really was coincidence.
The gods wanted me to knit one. Thanks Streets and YOs for the entry, it got the gods thinking.
A few weeks ago I dreamt of this sweater. But in ivory, plied with a sparkly-mohair-something-or-other. Hey, I was dreaming!
This afternoon I actually bought yarn for BlackBerry, from Knitty. I brought it to my S'n'B to start it. As one of the girls was browsing through a copy of my Interweave KNITS mag I noticed, over her shoulder, the pattern was in it - not in the Fall issue like I thought it was. I was so excited! You know when you're looking for something specific in a magazine, you can never find it? It happens to me all the time. I was even more excited to learn the very same yarn I purchased for the shrug is the very same yarn Ms. Teva Durham called for in the pattern! Remarkable. Serendipitous, even.
I thought I would start with a sleeve, something smaller and not so committed, so I casted on. I got the twisted ribbing done, I started on the lace pattern, then I stopped at the instruction, NO STITCH. WTF does that mean? Check the glossary in the back, hmn no explanation. It has to be explained somewhere in that mag! Do I carry the stitch until the next row or row after that? What do I do when I get to a row of them?
I've seen this before in lace patterns. The instruction always scared me enough to forget about the pattern. Not now! It is only one friggin' square telling me No Stitch. It is fate I'm knitting this sweater and I will conquer the difficulties.
Ladies, I bless you and your children's children. Please guide me in the right direction.