My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Chilly Monday

It’s been a lovely chilly Monday with a beautiful clear sky. Here’s proof (of the clear sky, anyhow):

Photo taken from my office window at 9:00 this morning. Looking at the 10-day weather forecast, I see that the high temperature doesn’t make it out of the 40s, and that makes me very happy indeed.

I did get a fair bit done on my Midnight Lace Stole last night, as I kind of found myself in a zone.

And here, by special request, a close-up of the beads.

I’m about halfway through the “body” of this side of the stole, before the short row shaping at the end. At this point, I’m thinking ahead to my next project.

A while back I bought a pile of Tilli Tomas Demi Plie silk — it was being closed out somewhere (can’t quite remember where, though). I have 4 skeins of it in a lovely shade of ecru:

It is 290 yards per skeins so that’s is a total of 1160 yards, and it is going to become Sivia Harding’s Hanging Garden Stole.

The Hanging Garden Stole calls for 1200 yards of laceweight, so I’m good there. My yarn is a bit heavier than the yarn used for the model (Helen’s Laces) so I may do fewer repeats. The model has leaf drop beads on the ends of the stole. I’m going to use gemstone chips:

These are Picture Jasper, and I love how they look against the silk.

I might have developed a bead problem . . .

In other news, someone looks comfy, doesn’t she?


  1. I think the gemstone beads are a good choice. I love the subtleness.

  2. It is not an obsession, but an intense and all consuming interest. And, that’s ok.

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  3. Oohhh – I like the stone chip bead thingies – can’t wait to see them knitted on!

    ps: Snow showers here in the hills! :>)

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  4. Yay for cooler weather! Now you can use these stoles you’re wearing. Do you wear them a lot? To work? Out at night? Inquiring minds want to know.
    I love the beads with the Tilli Tomas stole!
    Any socks on the needles these days? I miss seeing your socks.

  5. I think the bead love is going around.

  6. Love the earthiness of the new stole. Very cool w/ those stones.

  7. I really love the Picture Jasper and it does look lovely with the yarn you have selected. However, the stones look a little heavy…is there no danger of stretching or pulling the finished work is some odd way? I don’t ever use beads so I don’t really know if it can be a problem.

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  8. Oh, those jasper chips are exquisite, and quite extraordinarily beautiful against that silk. Ooooooooooo!

    I’ve had a “bead problem” for years now, so I can relate!

  9. My sky is that winter snowy sky today.

    I love those chip beads against the silk. Silvia Harding designs some wonderful patterns.

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  10. So, does Lucy look comfy because you closed the window and turned on the heat?

  11. The beads really add depth to the piece. Lucy looks as though she’s enjoying the cold spell.

  12. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
    I agree with using the picture jasper. That stole will be beautiful.

  13. Cute! I’m loving the natural look of that planned stole.
    Ha. Lucy seems like such a great companion! (I have a lucy cat too, but she’s just now 9 weeks old.)

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  14. I just learned that Lucy is the fourth most popular name for a female pet. My dog and your kitty are right in the mainstream.

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  15. I also have a seal point ragdoll kitty… she is always curled up just like your Lucy!

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  16. The Tili Tomas should make a lovely stole. You’re really making me want to try beadwork. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. It’s all beautiful, but I’m still not convinced about beads with knitting…you can have my share of it, so it won’t be an obsession! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  18. Theresa in Italy says:

    The silk and the jasper chips together are going to be lovely. So far I’ve managed to keep my beads and my knitting separate but these lovely shawls are pulling me over to the dark side.

  19. I love the way your shawl is looking. The midnight colourway is gorgeous! You do such exceptional work and find you to be such an inspiration to me. Ah the temperatures have dropped here also and the kitties snuggle up tight to their dad. He is much warmer than their mom is.

  20. Silk lace and semi-precious stones! Be still my heart.. this should be wondrous.

  21. There is no such thing as a bead problem. Beads are wonderful. And I think yours look lovely!

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  22. While your beads are beautiful, I don’t like to work with them so I don’t think I’ll develop a bead thing. Since I’m a little late reading this, I hope you don’t have any emergency drills or evacuations today. I am glad that you and Lucy are safe.

  23. Be careful of those beads Wendy! WEBS bought a bead store and located it near the yarn store and got me hook, line and sinker. The problem is I’m not using beads for knitting! Button bands and blocking have gone undone because I’m too busy learning how to create the perfect wrapped loop and square stitch beading. Wicked addictive. And I don’t wear alot of jewelry!

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  24. I regret to tell you it that beads become an all encompassing obsession very quickly. Don’t ask me how I know…

    And I have a feeling you are going to put me to shame. It took me over a year to complete the Hanging Garden Stole (with heliotrope druks and edged with tiny tims). The finished product is lovely though.

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  25. I, too, have become a bead-a-holic. So funny how I was scared of them before. My first knitting/bead project was Ice Queen and now I want to put beads in everything!

  26. Beads add just the right weight to the ends of shawls for drape; they add texture and color–all the things that attractive in knitting–and who hesitated to use them just a little while ago, hmmmm?!!!

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  27. One day I shall have to try a shawl. It’s almost certain to be faroese style because I have sloping shoulders. Your silk with the gemstones is another inspiration. Just super and subtle and elegant!

  28. The jasper looks lovely with the silk. Have you tried to thread them yet? Semi-precious stones usually have very small holes that can also be a bit rough. You might want to test that they’ll physically work with the yarn.

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