Oh yeah, she’s done!
First off…a public apology to all those I took down with me on this one. Oh my, this was a boring knit. Yes it was a very long repeat…but guess what? Every row was pretty much the same — just off by a stitch at a time. Ugh!
The results, though, I’m quite happy with.
Pattern River by Sharon Miller in Rowan 38
Yarn KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud 100% Baby Alpaca in Tidepool. Approx 350 yards.
Needles 5mm (US 8) Bryspun circs
Mods & Thoughts
- The needles — I wanted to like them, I really did. The cord is amazing. I could sit and play with the cord, bending it this way and that. It’s a great tactile experience. I even really like the way the needles feel in my hand. Their points are nice — not too sharp, not too dull. But, I don’t like their lack of weight. Would I use them again? Probably not.
- Number of repeats I did 14 or 15 repeats instead of 11. I could have done 1 or 2 more but I just wanted this thing to be over!
- Yarn This is very nice yarn, and for the price this is amazing yarn. It gets a tad fuzzy — sorta like a mohair halo — and is wonderfully soft.
- Blocking This was so quick to block! It went from a big puddle of yarn (pic on the left) to a lovely undulating lacy thing (pic on the right) in just a couple hours. The hardest part was finding a place to pin it out that had a fan and could be Isabella-free until it dried. In the end a spray bottle of water ensured the latter. poor Isabella
I sub’d a non-mohair yarn because I wanted to make something that I could wear everyday. I think I succeeded. In the pic above I’m wearing it with my denim jacket. I know you don’t see the intricacies of the lace but I’m OK with that. I’m not a traditional lace-wearing sorta girl. I like knitting lace though, so this is a perfect compromise. I get to knit it and wear it.
I could have picked a color with more contrast (maybe one of the light blue shades?) but green is my favorite color.
I finished this thing just in time. This weekend is was windy and in the 30s, and my lacy alpaca scarf was just the ticket to keeping me warm without feeling like a bundled up kid during the first snowstorm of the season.
KALers — how ya doin?
I stopped the weekly posts because the progress slowed down a lot. Drop me a line or leave me a comment when you’re done and I’ll link to you in a post!