Butterfly Away

(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!


24 comments on “Butterfly Away

  1. Gaylen says:

    I love that stole. I’m sure the giftee will love it! I want to see a picture of your desk – please. Anyway – good luck keeping the little one quiet. g

  2. MrPuffy says:

    It’s lovely. Your mother will be absolutely thrilled! I totally agree about matching the right needles with the project and yarn. It really does make a difference – maybe not to the finished garment – but definately to the knitting experience.

  3. nymphchild says:

    Great stole. And good luck with your dogs. A very happy weekend to you.

  4. nichole says:

    Oooh… LOVE it! I thought it was for MJ – it looks GREAT on her and yes, that’s a great happy pic!

  5. Nancy says:

    Butterfly is gorgeous, I love it. Should I put it in my never ending queue?
    I hope all went well with Sissy and surgery. She should be groggy today, right? Good idea about the microchip. I should have had Reggae done, but he doesn’t escape much, and if he did, I doubt anyone could get near him to scan him, wild feline that he is.

  6. Monica says:

    Gorgeous! And I love the photograph too.

  7. Grace says:

    Yours came out beautiful, I will do it some day but I just wasn’t into it at first, seeing yours its gorgeous!!! I am sure your mother will love it, I would!!!

  8. StarSpry says:

    That’s a lovely picture of MJ! She looks so happy 🙂

    The Butterfly Lace Stole is beautiful! Good luck with keeping Sissy quiet this weekend!!

  9. KSee says:

    so pretty. your Mom will love it.

  10. Very nice indeed. You worked hard to make that just right, I’m sure your mom will appreciate the effort. Have a nce, quiet weekend with your convalescent.

  11. Amanda says:

    Oh, Chan… that came out lovely! No, MJ’s eyes aren’t closed – you can definitely tell she’s smiling hard – I would be, too!

  12. Mary says:

    I knew you would get it done! Its looks Fabulous!!! Really nice, she’s gonna love it Chan!!
    Hope the babies are okay! (i knw, Mugs isn’t a baby but still) 🙂
    Have a great weekend!!

  13. Darcy says:

    My friend ladybuglola gave me this knitting magazine and I want to make this stole could you write me an email telling me what to exspect? yours is breath taking!!!!!

  14. Anita says:

    Oh, wow Chan! The butterfly came out just beautiful!! I think it’s plenty long enough too.

    Sorry I didn’t get back to you… I didn’t get back to work until 5 after 5! Hope Sissy is doing ok this evening, and that Mugsy didn’t pout about his shot. 🙂
    Good luck keeping the wild child quiet this weekend…

  15. holly says:

    I hope Missy Sissy did OK. Kiss her for me. The stole is gorgeous. I have never had a pattern for knit three together, how many YO go with that?

  16. Alana says:

    Your wrap is just gorgeous! It will be very much appreciated and used often, I’m sure!

    I hope little Sissy is doing well. I remember Jayda’s hot, dry nose after she was spayed. Felt so sorry for her! Give Sissy some love from me and the “kids”!

  17. AlisonH says:

    Beautiful! That’s a happy one all around.

  18. crimsonpurl says:

    Yeaaaaah! Butterfly is finished!! Your mother will luv it!

    Now that I see it all spread out that pattern reminds me of the shawl I just finished!

    Hope your weekend is wonderful!

  19. Dianne says:

    The butterfly is lovely, and I’m sure your mom will love it. Love the pictures of MJ! I hope Miss Sissy is well on her way to recovery by now. Good luck in keeping her calm! I hope you have a great weekend.

    P.S. Good idea about the microchip. Hopefully it will never be used, but it’s reassuring having it in there in case the worst happens!

  20. Wendy says:

    Beautiful stole. I bought that mag as well for this pattern. We’ll see when I finally get around to it.

    Hope things go well for Sissy and that she’s not too sore when she comes home.

  21. anniebananie says:

    That is one lovely stole, and a great picture of MJ! As for needles, I am a fan of the Crystal Palace Bamboos.

    How is Sissy doing???

  22. Bubblesknits says:

    The stole looks beautiful! 🙂 I hope the Princess is doing well after her big girl surgery!

  23. fireflynights says:

    The butterfly shawl came out great. Love the color you chose.

  24. Robin says:

    The stole is very pretty!! And, out of Tofutsies!!

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