I can't stop knitting 'em - Baktus, that is. When I went to Connecticut, I took two projects. Socks, of course, and an in-progress Lacy Baktus. Well, the socks only saw the light of day on the plane to and from, but Baktus was in my hands whenever I was sitting down. I don't know what it is about this pattern, but I couldn't stop knitting on it. The same was true of the first one I did a few months ago. Just a simple garter stitch scarf/shawl, with an increase or decrease every four rows, but the darn thing is impossible to put down. I loved making the plain version, but became even more enamored of the lace one. That one set of K2T/YO among every eighth pattern rows made it even easier to keep my place, and the knitting just flowed.
My first Baktus used a beautiful alpaca yarn, and I thought perhaps it was the softness of that which kept me going, but Ms. Lace Version was sock yarn - soft, yes, but still, sock yarn. Could. Not. Stop. Maybe it was the color, but really, I think it's the hypnotically easy and rhythmic pattern. Both of mine are definitely of shawl proportions, and can be dramatically swooped and draped in several ways. One of these days I may be able to restrain myself and make a smaller one, but that remains to be seen. As it is, I already have two skeins of wool upstairs waiting to be cast on for yet another Baktus.
Oh, I suppose you want to see this marvelous article? Ok, here 'ya go.
- It is 19" at the widest point, and about 88" long.
- The yarn is The Sanguine Gryphon "Kypria" in "Ravishing Aphrodite." The minute I saw just two lonely skeins hanging in Gryphon's booth at Stitches South this year, I had to have it. I'm definitely in a green mood these days, and this was too wonderful to pass up. Gryphon's yarns are fabulous, and this is no exception. I'll be stalking more of this colorway at SAFF in October, for sure.