Saturday, March 29, 2008

Laminiaria blocking (Mohair doesn't stretch much folks)





This was quick and different to spin and to knit. I had not really spun any Border Leicester and had limited experience with Mohair when I made this yarn 4 ounces of that mix with a little added alpaca to lighten the color up a bit in sections (the neck/star chart section in particular). I had not really knit Estonian lace unless you count the border for the Swallowtail Shawlette and the techniques for making the stitches as well as how the lace progression developed were all really different than what I had knit before. It is interesting to say that Hyrna also had some interesting stitch construction that I had not run into before but reminded me of this style of lace knitting. Would I do it again? You bet but I would choose a much more elastic yarn to knit this in so that the blocking was not so difficult. Now to go look at my fiber stash for the next project :-) I have a lot of regular lace knitting to do right now so I might be awhile before I post again. I have to knit baby stuff for my now pregnant niece! Later!

10 comments:

Hattie said...

Well at least it stretched enough to show off the pattern! It's beautiful.

Stephanie said...

stunning - it's absolutely beautiful - i adore the color. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely work once you settle on a new project!

Rosa said...

Very beautiful! I love the colors. That is on my To Knit list. I am spinning up some Soy in similar colors from Conjoined Creation. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jane said...

Dear hattie,

Thanks! I was lucky that it came out as well as it did. I'm really glad I went up to a US 6 needle since I doubt the pattern would have looked this good without that change.

Jane said...

Dear Stephanie,

I love the color too1 I've been starved for bright colors so this has been a really nice change for me. I have a couple of things on two of the wheels but my big priority has to be the baby sweaters so it will be awhile yet. But I will be back!

Jane said...

Dear Rosa,

I'd love to see this in a Soy yarn! I wonder how the colors would come out. I imagine it would feel very silky. I hope I get to see it in the future!

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Tracy said...

Love it. The colors and pattern are gorgeous.

Jane said...

Dear Tracy,

Glad you like this one :-) It was an interesting change of pace and you can't beat a "free" pattern!