Same as before, just different

Last time we spoke about the leaf lace shawl I was waxing the praises of the white cashmere merino laceweight. And it’s true — this yarn is to die for.
But I should know better. When I put down a project for months on end, something’s wrong and I’m avoiding it. In this case, the needle size just wasn’t right for the yarn’s gauge. That pic from last November shows the leaves really nicely but in person they’re not as clear. I was using a 3.75mm/US 5 and needle and there was more air in those YOs than I wanted.
I could have easily ripped and started from scratch but at 825 yards a ball I was going to have lots leftover anyway. So I visited the stash and came up with this.

it’s twinkletoes sock yarn

At this much heavier gauge I’m still using a 3.75/US 5 needle. I like it so much more. See?

I’ve had this yarn in my stash for two years, and now I’m wondering why. The pinks are right up my alley, and the touch of purple that works its way in makes me smile every time I knit a stitch with it.
That’s the happy-happy of it. The crazy-crazy? It’s supposed to be knit and blocked by Saturday for the lace knitting class.

23 thoughts on “Same as before, just different

  1. Gor-geous! I love it, the color is brilliant. Don’t you just love waiting to see what color is next? Can’t wait to see the final product.

  2. Love the pinks! I recently completed this shawl as my first lace knit project and found it a great project to work on. Good luck on your deadline!

  3. The time comes for every knit. It’s beautiful and full of spring colors. I think we are craving bright color and the shawl is just perfect.

  4. I’m using Twinkletoes now too. I LOVE the color but I’m not too thrilled with the yarn….it’s not so soft, splitty and doesn’t stand up to frogging AT ALL!!
    She’s clearly got a talent for dyeing I just wish the yarn wassn’t crap!!
    How are you finding it Jody?
    Your shawl is gorgeous :)

  5. Ooh, lovely colours.
    Talking of lace knitting, I’ve finally, finally finished my River this evening. OK, so I still have to sew in the ends and block it but I’ve cast off so I feel as though I’ve finished.

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