Thank you so much for all your lovely Lismore comments. I am delighted with the way it turned out.
There were, of course, questions.
Several of you asked how much yarn I used. I had purchased 4 140-gram skeins of the Kauni, and I went back and purchased 2 more, just in case there were major problems with knots screwing up the color sequence. I used my original 4 skeins and had this much left over: a total of 170 grams.
Only 1 of the 4 skeins had any knots — it had 2. I broke the yarn before the knot and pulled out yarn until I reached the proper place in the colorway to reattach it without messing up the sequence. I was fortunate in that I never had to pull out too much. Those small balls of yarn in the photo are what was pulled out to adjest the colors, because of knots, and for starting the sleeves.
I really lucked out the with sleeves. After completing the first one, the yarn was almost at the proper point for me to switch the skeins and use what was the foreground color for the first sleeve as the background color for the second sleeve, and vice versa. I only had to pull out a little bit of yarn to make the adjustment.
So I’ve still got 2 full untouched 140-gram skeins. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to break into them for Lismore because I thought I might like to make a rainbow shawl out of them, using a simple lace pattern.
Gwendolyn thoughtfully offered to model Lismore for you.
No, I won’t get a chance to wear it anytime soon — the temperature was well into the 80s the end of last week. I could barely stand to knit it — only with a fan blowing full force on me the whole time. Sorry, I won’t be bringing it to the Spring Fling. I am a minimalist packer by necessity (I am an old geezer who can easily strains her back by lifting too-heavy stuff) and my hairdryer is more important to me than Lismore.
Trish D commented:
Is it possible to upsize a complicated colorwork pattern such as a Starmore? And if so, what are some of the best tricks for doing so?
Is it possible? It depends. If it is a matter of a slight size difference, you can achieve a change by going up or down in needle size or by blocking. But if it is a large change, that’s more complicated.
The pattern repeat for Lismore is a big one (50 stitches) and the sweater has 6 repeats — 3 on the front and 3 on that back. To enlarge it, you really would need to add 2 more repeats because if you added only 1 repeat you’d have 3.5 on the front and 3.5 on the back and that would look odd. Two pattern repeats would increase the circumference of the sweater by 100 stitches — one-third of the original circumference — a very big change indeed.
You’d have more success altering a fair isle that had smaller pattern repeats.
The Knight in Knitted Chain Mail
The little cutie pictured in yesterday’s blog post is Ludvig, son of my friend Johanne. Yes, his talented mom knit the chain mail for him. I’m betting she didn’t use a pattern but improvised.
Make sure you read Sheri’s blog tonight — my Auntie L-B is in the Loopy Limelight!