I seem to be still in lace mode–theme of my knitting–like a squirrel gathering nuts for the impending winter. Only I am gathering fine roving to spin lace! (Boy, did I catch a serious spinning bug especially post-Sock Summit!) I have a line up in Ravelry queue that will keep me knitting all fall and into the winter. I love triangular-style scarves that have been flooding onto Ravelry for months. Yesterday, I started a modular lace made up of gorgeous Estonian stitches in my handspun yarns.
My Sixth From sheep to shawl:
CAST ON: September 2, 2009
CAST OFF: September 3, 2009
PATTERN: Sanne Kalkman’s Percy Shawl
YARN: 121 grams of 2-ply, 514 yarns of my own lace-weight handspun out of four different soft and luxurious chop-suey batts I drum-carded at the Judith MacKenzie McCuin intense workshop last month. It’s spun and plied on the Fricke SD and Turkish lace spindle.
BEADS:384 Size 6 round luminous glass
NEEDLE: US 5, 7, and 10.5
MEASUREMENT: 72″ wing span x 29″ center height
MODIFICATION: The Estonian design presented an interesting construction so not at all boring to knit…spin/ply along for the lace is a major contributing factor, of course. 1) Though I love nupps, I chosen lovely beads for Percy–shimmery in the sunlight–really fun to spin and to knit that I finished it in two days. 2) Knitted backward on Wrong Side so it’s easy to figure out Right and Left Slants in Chart B. 3) Knitted center stitch through its back loop. 4) Switched to Size 7 needles in Chart C. Added 6 more rows to Chart C ended with 317 stitches. 5) Russian lace bind-off in Size 10.5 needles and this time desirable stretchy edge accomplished. Total weight of the lace is 156 grams.
Percy was just perfect…am loving the rich combination perfect for fall and more importantly sweater weather, which is just around the corner. I loved it to pieces but it will probably be gifted to someone special.
For a spinnerati, I like lace weight for making shawls that is drapery, not springy. To accomplish such criteria, I spin highly twisted fine singles, then ply them loosely. I can get drapery yarn even with merino if I do it this way.
What’s next…casting on another shawl for a workshop sample…when I locate the missing copy of IK Spring 2009!