I borrowed this book from the library, and as soon as I saw Floe, I couldn't wait to get started on it. The construction is so interesting: you knit the lace border in one colour, using short rows to gradually cast on stitches that will allow you to integrate the border with the body (in a second colour) as you knit it. I've done mostly top-down triangular shawls, so I was really excited to try this new (to me, at least) way of knitting a shawl.
I prefer to knit lace from charts, but this book does include both the chart and the written row-by-row instructions for the lace border. I'm not sure if I've seen this feature in other books with lace projects, but maybe it's becoming more common? Good to have, in any case, because each method has its proponents. I usually photocopy at least the chart, if not the whole pattern, and then put it in one of those plastic documents sleeves (to keep the coffee stains off it!). Then I use one of my wide sticky notes on top of the plastic to keep track of which row I'm on.
Over the Easter weekend we went away, and so I packed up this project, and of course the sticky note became way less sticky from getting jammed in my backpack and carried around, so this morning I was looking for something else I could use to keep track of the rows. Enter....washi tape! Is there anything washi tape can't do? You can see my bright green stuff above: I stuck it to the top of the sticky note, so that it would be easy to lift off the washi tape and transfer it, and off I went. So far, the tape is still sticky, but peels off easily and doesn't leave any residue behind -- all ideal qualities! I also love that it's portable (i.e. it's light and it won't fall off). Washi tape for the win, guys! It should really be the first thing I go to from now on.
If you knit lace from charts, how do you keep track of which row you're on?