Saturday, October 20, 2007

Half Way

The first half of the Honeybee Stole is finished. I couldn't resist blocking it so I could really see what it looks like.



I'm very pleased with it. This is a symmetrical stole worked from the centre outward so, with the first half successfully completed, I anticipate no problems with the second half. Now I need to get busy and finish spinning that second package of Black Rainbow Glitter from Aurelia.


Here's a little close-up of a modification I am doing. I'm adding beads to the side and end edges. They are the "oil slick" colour, I think referred to as "dark aurora borealis", and they match the glitter in the handspun perfectly.



Also, instead of the "bind off loosely in knit" I'm using a great bind-off I learned when doing the Swallowtail Shawl. It makes for a very stretchy yet tidy edge.

K2, *transfer the 2 stitches on the right needle back to the left needle and then K2tog through the back loop. K1 and repeat from* around.

8 comments:

KarenS said...

Your shawl is beautiful! The beads are really a nice addition :)

Dorothy said...

Love the shawl - those really do look like little honeybees! Thanks for the reminder on the bind off. I'm getting ready to bind off my Forest Path Stole soon and wanted to use that. I was trying remember where to look it up, but you've saved me the trouble!

Sharon in Surrey said...

Gorgeous! you made the right decision to Frog. Gonna try your bind-off too.

PJ said...

Love the little beads! Do the little beads give a comfortable weight to the ends? Love the bees!

Marlene said...

Thanks for the compliments. I can't wait to get going on the second half! I should have the spinning of the singles done tomorrow, plying in the following day or two, and then skeining and washing in preparation to do all that knitting one more time.

Yes PJ, the beads add a little weight. With the handspun it isn't as noticable as it is in something like Zepher where the beads help to add drape and prevent the shawl from floating away on every breeze.

Ruinwen said...

So lovely! You are doing such a wonderful job on this. The beads really add so much! :)

Laura said...

The stole is looking marvelous so far, gf. I just love it in that dark sparkly yarn of yours. :-)

Maggie Ann said...

What a beauty! I love how you can see the honey bees too.