I’m really excited about my January piece for the Bead Journal Project 2010! As I mentioned before I plan to make 12 pentagon shaped pieces. I am going to use a different textile art technique each month (ok, I may repeat techniques a few times, but hope to use a wide variety!) For the first month I have decided to do a lace knitted piece which is started in the center and worked outward. I learned to knit at age 5 and have had a passion for it all my life. I started by stringing many tiny silver beads onto by mercerized white DMC cotton. (Both were in my stash-which is another of my goals with this project -use my stash!) I found a “Big Eye Beading Needle” made by Bead Smith at my local bead store – Bead In Hand. It is really just two wires that are connected both at the top and at the bottom. I’ve used other methods for getting beads onto my knitting yarns and threads, but this really worked quickly! After the beads were on I got started with the knitting. I started by casting 10 stitches on in the round. I am using a really long circular needle and doing it with and adapted “magic loop”. It took a few false starts, but got it rolling (I was a bit tired last night). I’m sort of making up the pattern as I go. I’ve done several knitted lace table clothes, so I’m familiar with lace stitches and using yarn overs to increase. I figure it isn’t too big a piece and I can just do it over if I don’t like the results. I’ve been putting the beads in as I go, sort of following the lace design. I like how the silver beads stand out against the white cotton. I am increasing in a way that will create 5 equal segments and the piece should end up being a pentagon. Well I’m off to knit with my Sunday afternoon knitting group -hoping to finish it today. You can see my progress in the photos below. I’m sorry about the quality…I only had my camera phone available today!