Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Change Of Plans

I've scrapped the idea of using the Fleece Artist Handpainted Merino for my Diamond Fantasy Shawl. Yes, the stuff I went all the way to White Rock to buy. It (the beautiful blue and green skein) informs me that it really doesn't want to be a scarf or shawl. "Much too heavy." it says. "Too much variation in the color for the lace pattern to ever show through.", it adds. Says it wants to be a beautiful and comfy pair of socks instead. Who am I to be seen arguing with a skein of wool? I've dutifully cast on for both socks and they are now ready to have the heels turned. I knit on them during a drive to Langley on Sunday and I blissfully knit 'round and 'round while listening to a recorded book on Monday. Both the socks and the recorded book are coming along nicely. Photos of the finished "I-Don't-Want-To-Be-A-Shawl" Socks will likely be up in the next week or so.

Do not think that I have neglected the Diamond Fantasy Shawl Knit-Along though. While the original yarn was being fussy and "difficult" I went to my stash, pulled out an unidentified cone of laceweight boucle and gave it a test run.

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The mystery yarn, picked up at Value Village for $2 some time ago, survived a sample knitting and blocking episode and, if all goes well, will become a beaded version of the Diamond Fantasy Shawl. It's tricky working with this yarn. The boucle makes mistakes very hard to pick out.

Look for a picture of the finished Smoke Ring with Lace Edging on Thursday. It's finished, blocked, and ready to wear. I've even photographed it. But.....you know the ol' adage....don't put all your photos in one post.....or somethin'.

6 comments:

vanessa said...

the beads look marvelous with that dark yarn!

Wee Quantum Furball said...

Oh my word. That is /fabulous/. I'm completely smitten. I've always adored black and emerald green together, and that pattern is perfect for how you are setting up the beading. **swoons** Beautiful!

marti said...

that is going to look wonderful when done. you are so wise to listen to your yarn!

Maggie Ann said...

Wow, that is beautiful! You are so talented...I'm thinking, this lady could be rich if she found the right market for her knitting. Well, I'm wishing good things for you anyhow...smile. I just started my first ever sock...sized for our 2 year old grandson and I've got the cuff done (twice) it looked to small the first time and still does to me. Still, its exciting and I'm looking forward to picking up those needles in a bit.

Angela said...

Hmmm, I've got several cones of unidentified boucle that you would be welcome too...

Marlene said...

Well Angela, if it's looking for a good home, it's welcome here.