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Started and Finished

January 11, 2006

The sun peeked out for a few minutes last weekend here on the wet coast (24 straight days with precipitation) so I ran for my camera to get a picture of the freshly blocked shawl that I finished on New Year’s Eve. This is the Hanging Garden Lace Stole designed by Sivia Harding for KnitPicks, and test knit by me. There was not enough time to wait for the Alpaca Cloud yarn to be sent from KnitPicks, so I used stash yarn. It’s Jaggerspun 2/7.5 waxed wool put up on a cone, purchased from Elann a couple of years ago. It would have been beautiful done in Alpaca Cloud, much softer.

I recently bought a lovely shawl pin from my fibertraditions friend Rosemary Hill that goes perfectly with this stole. See?

This picture shows the yarn colour better too.

Inspired by Prudence, I’ve been working on Arches, again using stash yarn acquired from Elann. It’s Peruvian collection Pure Alpaca, colour 1321. The alpaca doesn’t show the pattern stitch as crisply as the Cotton Fleece does. I decided to start with the icord edging (spool knit, remember that?) and then pick up the body stitches from the icord. Let’s hope it works as well as adding the icord at the end.

The back is done and the front is at the point of dividing for the neck. The body is a bit longer than the pattern calls for and I have added some shaping to accommodate my derriere. Also, based on Prudence’s experience, the body pattern has been carried on past the armholes for four more repeats before starting the lace pattern.

And here is the handspun Petroglyph merino scarf in progress. I really like watching the colours unfold. It’s incredibly soft so I’m not expecting any complaints about “scratchy wool”.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2006 11:28 pm

    wow melanie, i absolutely love that shawl. lucky you to get to test knit it!

  2. January 12, 2006 6:22 am

    Oh Mel everything is beautiful! The scarf is perfect, arches looks so soft and what a lovely color and the spinning and knitting on pertrglyph-wow!

  3. January 12, 2006 7:45 am

    That shawl is gorgeous! I love how Arches is coming out, it’s almost the same color as mine. I will be interested to see what the finished sweaters look like for all these folks who are raising the start of the lace.

  4. January 12, 2006 4:05 pm

    Absolutely lovely my dear!

  5. January 12, 2006 8:29 pm

    You always post so many beautiful things at once it’s hard to know where to start! Love how the scarf is turning out, love the color you chose for arches – hopefully your concern about the lace not showing up will be taken care of in the blocking, and the shawl is lovely!

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    January 12, 2006 8:33 pm

    So, Mel can you tell me if you knit in your sleep or what?? Wowza girl friend, everything is wonderful!

  7. January 13, 2006 5:00 pm

    i’m with kerry! melanie, i love that purple yarn for the shawl pattern, and the pin is prefection with it πŸ™‚ must get petroglyph (must spin emerald first)

  8. January 14, 2006 8:59 am

    That’s a gorgeous shawl. You and Sivia do good work together. As ever, you’re an inspiration.

  9. January 14, 2006 2:27 pm

    Ooh, gorgeous shawl. Why would they wax woolen yarn? Is it for weaving or somesuch? Lovely scarf, too – for a delicate masculine neck, I take it :o)

  10. January 16, 2006 2:00 am

    Gasp! The shawl is exquisite! Wow. The pin looks perfect with it, too. πŸ™‚

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