I am FINALLY a couple of rows from the beginning of the lace charts in Icarus! And I am cheating--cutting out a whole repeat of chart A in order to make a smaller shawl. Sigh. It has still taken forEVER to get here....
When I first started the project, I thought the simplicity and regularity of the lace up until the last few inches was a huge advantage--and I suppose it is in many ways. I'm relatively new to lace and was happy to have this gentle introduction. I thought it would be interesting enough to hold my attention but mindless enough that I could knit in social gatherings and at meetings.
After knitting the chart A the first time, the pattern was ingrained in my blood and I did not have to think about it at all. And the pattern calls for the knitter to repeat that chart 5 more times, more and more stitches on the needle every row.
So "mindless" it certainly became--in a way. Unfortunately, the little tiny cobwebby yarn (I am using Lacey Lamb), the small needles (size 3), and the slippery needles the same color as my yarn (Addi Turbos--a really stupid choice here, although I love the needles for other projects) add up to a mindless project that requires a ridiculous amount of concentration. Others in blogland (from A to Y, at least--any Z blogs knitting Icarus?) have been talking about this same thing.
But now, after almost losing my wings to the melt-your-brain heat of the oh-so-regular pattern, I am on the verge of the lace feathers! Oh joy! Oh rapture! Oh freedom to soar!