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Yesterday I showed a picture of some Handmaiden Cashmere and Silk here, all gung-ho about it and raring to start knitting a lace scarf. Then I got this in the mail:
This is 660 yards of handspun fingering weight merino from Zarzuela’s Fibers. The colorway is called “DC Sunrise.” Jessica dyed the roving and named it thusly because I posted a sunrise photo (of Washington DC) almost every weekday morning on Plurk. When I saw the roving, I had to have it, and Jessica did a custom spinning job for me. It arrived yesterday, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since the moment I had it in my hot little hands.
So it will become Evelyn Clark’s Shetland Triangle. I will be starting the knitting of this just as soon as I post this blog entry. The pattern calls for a US 6 needle, but I think I’ll use a 7 — my yarn is just an ootch thicker than the yarn called for in the pattern, I think.
Thanks for all your lovely comments on my Cleite Shawl. Katherine asked how much yarn I used. I did not use the entirely of the skein of yarn I had for it (which was 880 yards). I’d guess that I used about 700 yards.
Katherine also asked if one could use Icelandic wool for this kind of shawl. If you mean Icelandic laceweight, yes, I don’t see why not. You wouldn’t want to go much thicker than laceweight for this pattern, I think, because it is a somewhat “solid” lace pattern and you’d lose some “drape-ability” with a heavier yarn.
Vickie commented: “I am not sure how to know when to stop knitting, i.e., when the unblocked shawl is big enough to become the blocked shawl I want it to be. Do you have any “rule of thumb” that you use as a guide? I find that most patterns only tell you the dimensions after blocking.”
I take the unblocked shawl and pull the center out — one hand at the top and one at the tip, amd measure that. I find if I add a couple more inches to that measurement, I get a pretty accurate idea of the blocked length. Do the same thing for the width — pull from the center back out to one end and measure.
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