Item: Air lux
Available from: Love Knitting
Designer: Andrea Jurgrau
Pattern: Blue Dahlia
Available from: New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired by the Past
First things first... the yarn. I can see where the name comes from! It's like working with air! It's super soft and just drapes beautifully around you in a comforting embrace. It's luxouriously soft and has a magnificent shimmer that make this my new go to accessory for formal events. Surprisingly, despite the light, comforting touch, it's also quite warm and that comes from the merino wool that the rayon has been blended with, but that's also where the problem comes. The merino sheds like crazy! It obscures the stitch pattern as your working, and it's also quite un nerving to be working with a yarn and be able to just scoop clumps of it off your project. My husband walked in on me picking up one of the balls of shedding (the fibres clump like dust bunnies on your project) off the lace so I could inspect it and he was horrified! He thought the project was disintegrating in my hands. He wasn't far off.
The pattern is well written, clear instructions and yes there was an error (row 49, Chart B) in it, but on the whole it was a fantastic charted pattern. The problem is there are four charts and the repeat sections don't line up and they're very complicated in places. So with doing this on holiday, with a shedding yarn that partially obscured the knitted sections I actually struggled in places and had to re-knit several sections on several occassions.
The bind off was a new one for me and has become my new favourite frilly bind off!