Mayflower Shawlette Finished

Cast off yesterday. Debating the blocking method due to the ruched bands. I’m really chuffed with this project. Anything hand dye, hand spun is wonderful to work with and this laceweight was particularly nice. I like BFL and I’m having a love affair with all things lace right now. I was able to use all but 7 metres. Knowing that I was just going to work it until I couldn’t, I planned ahead to use some leftoer ZYG from my Blackwood Shawl to do the cast off. Although a different weight and fibre mix, it is still all natural and echoes the thick and thin strand. Tonally, it was very close with the khaki beige and deep rose flecks and the khaki green that showed up in the very last bit blends well enough to suit me. Overall, very happy with this one.

Finished!

Finished!

Detail 1
Detail 1

Detail of the gradient colour and the ZYG used for cast off.

Detail of the gradient colour and the ZYG used for cast off.

Working On It Wednesday

Just beginning to see the colour shift

Just beginning to see the colour shift

I love this project so much… It would be fair to say that I may have the worst case of Startitis ever but if this is the symptom, I’m okay with that!

The lace varies from cobweb weight to 4-ply over the length and the resulting fabric is light and airy, a great match for the colourway I think. This reminded me of Nova Scotia’s provincial flower, epigaea repens (trailing arbutus), one of my favourites, so you’ll find it in my projects as Mayflower Shawlette. As there is a lot of yardage, I may just do the math and keep adding repeats to use it all up.

Ahh, Wednesday. Beginning the attitude shift and to address the “To do” list for the weekend. There will be my famous chili and cornmeal jalapeno muffins to be made and a blackberry raspberry cheesecake too. I think it’s an essential to have at least one photograph of food in one’s Instagram collection, yes? Now that I’ve gone over to the darkside and all 🙂

22 July 2013

Shawl still to be blocked…

A little yarn pr0n:

Frosted Berry

Frosted Berry

Wild Berry

Wild Berry

 

Some Lovely Zen Yarn Garden Serentity DK. Purchase with purpose, in revamping some of the yarn selections for older patterns, I noticed that one or two were now discontinued. What a great opportunity to make sample knits in new and “most wanted” yarn bases and colours!

I adore handspun yarns and I am in awe of people who can spin  laceweight – my favourite. This bit of loveliness was totally not necessary for anything other than to make me happy:

Flora Linnea

Flora Linnea

It is working up beautifully in the very simple but oh so effective “Citron“. I had begun a more traditional shawl but this gradient, rustic-spun just wasn’t being shown to its best. I think I now have the sweet spot of yarn, pattern and needle and I am totally smitten with this project.