I had a pleasant breakthrough last night whilst half-watching a nature documentary. For some reason these things always work out best when I'm not quite paying attention. (Contradicts everything I assume about my work! Perhaps I work best when I'm not consciously deciding things, and getting in the way of my real understanding?)
Anyway, I digress. Yes, I managed to find a nice resolution to a lace border I've been working on for a few days. It just popped out of nowhere - an increase in the last row, then immediately after a firm purl-wise chain bind off created a neat, sculpted edge that fans very crisply.
This piece is a neck-scarf, quite short and soft, designed to be fastened at the front with a brooch like a dressage neck-tie or the high lace collars of Edwardian ladies. It is also designed to be worn under another, tweedier scarf or at the neck of a cardigan, so the middle section is plain and all the attention is on the outside edges. I like the firm, slightly pleated lace of Edwardian collars, but they must be very uncomfortable to wear; by giving this a stiffish cast-off I can have a ruff that slightly stands without grating the chin of anyone who wears it!
Now that the larger scarf is done, this lace will go into a smaller 'collar' with pearl buttons at one side, and a pair of matching undersleeves.
The partner piece for this is the tweedy cashmere scarf I mentioned before - without giving too much away, here's a peek. These buttons are my favourites, by the way - Bakelite, and all different!