(That’s the desk the Knight and Uncle Bobby share in the background…)
Well, it’s done. My ever-faithful model MJ is sporting the Butterfly Lace Stole, from the current Knit ‘n Style. I love this photo of her. She says her eyes are closed, but it’s just because she’s really smiling hard. Photos of happy people make me happy!
Pattern: This pattern is getting a bad rap on Ravelry. I loved it. It was as close to mindless lace as it gets. I knitted on it at our retreat. I hung my GypsyKnits bag on my left wrist and knitted on my feet while I played with Sissy and Mugsy in the yard. I knitted at the S ‘n B. I did 44 repeats, 3 fewer than the sample for the pattern, but I do believe it will fit its recipient perfectly, and she is 4 inches taller than MJ, with much longer arms. On me – 5’3″ with fairly short arms – once blocked, it hit below my fingertips. I think it will be the perfect lightweight wrap for my mother. (Shhh! I think it’s embedded enough that even if she does read my blog she won’t notice!)
It also turned out to be a great lace project to learn how to fix otherwise frogthewholedangthing mistakes. Thanks Grace for the coaching! When I was showing the shawl to MJ, *I* couldn’t even find the fixed booboo.
Yarn: My beloved Tofutsies, in colorway 847. Yes, this yarn splits. I found it split less with the bamboos than with the Bryspuns, but I’ll talk about that more in the needle section. However, it’s machine wash and dry, which makes it great for gifts. Tofutsies blocks well with just a steam iron, which is what I did this time. I would have liked to wet block it, but it had to get in the mail.
Needles: I started with #6 Bryspun straights, my lace needle of choice. Everything was going swimmingly until Sissy seriously chewed the tip on on one needle. I can report that Pampered Chef Kitchen Shears will hack through Bryspuns, not that the average gal needs to know that. I then used the remaining Bryspun for the knit/lace rows, and a wooden needle from Peace Fleece for the purl rows. That system sucked, as the point on the wooden needles was too dull for the K3togs. The Crystal Palace Bamboos I picked up in town were better. The points were fine, but if I ever use these suckers again, the Knight will have to sand on them; there were a lot of invisible rough spots that grabbed constantly. I did notice that the Tofutsies splitting was less of an issue with the bamboo though, so that’s something to consider. I tested some more Tofutsies with Addi Bamboo dpns last night, and there was no splitting to speak of. For me, matching the right needles with the yarn and pattern is another key to happy, pretty knitting. That’s why you’ll see me use dpns, circs, straights, metal, whatever my Bryspuns are made of, bamboo and wood, in all kinds of combinations.
Again, I really was pleased with this project, although stoles do seem to go on and on forever. I don’t think I’d make it again, but that’s just because there are so many lace wraps and so little time.
I haven’t forgotten my tea blog along post this week. I’ve taken a couple of photos, and will likely blog tomorrow, since I forgot to bring my camera to work today. Today’s a busy day. We dropped Sissy off for her spaying this morning (should be complete by now… I’m sure the vet will call soon!), and Mugsy is in the office for a change, so that when we pick her up, he can get his annual shot(s). Sissy’s also getting micro chipped while she’s under. We didn’t chip either of the boys, but since we’re headed to the beach several times a year, it seemed like a good idea. Needless to say, this will be a quiet weekend for us as we try to keep the wild woman calm!