Monday, September 03, 2007

I'll Take You on a Voyage


The "Voyager", by Benne Ferrell & Shui Kuen Kozinski, a free pattern from Elann.com. I started this true "knitted lace" (i.e., no resting or purl rows, all pattern, all the time) waaaaaay back on August 11 and have worked almost exclusively on it until yesterday (Sept. 2)! It's a well written pattern, easy to memorize the repeat sequence, easy to look at and figure out exactly where you are...and stitch counts for each row are given in the written instructions, chart is also provided.


The feisty yarn is Cherry Tree HIll "Silken Mohair" (70% mohair, 20% silk, 10% wool) in the "Old Rose" colorway. I purchased one skein of this yarn 2 years ago at our local Fiber Festival. I don't remember who the vendor was. Each skein has 424yds so I knew I wouldn't have enough for a full shawl, but fortunately, YARNMARKET had another skein.


The instructions begin by telling you to wind up approx 30 yards, leaving it attached as a dangling ball of loveliness, doing a provisional cast on with waste yarn, then coming back at the end and using the dangling ball for the feminine picot bind-off. I didn't think to take into account that I was using worsted weight yarn (instead of the fingering weight in the pattern), and big old honking size 10 needles (instead of the 8s called for)......and this is all I had left of the 30yards for the bind-off....


Seriously, cutting it close here......


And here the completed Voyager lies resting before her final task...........


A nice cool shower and soak in Eucalon..................


Then STTTTTRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.............


Wowza does that pattern open up or what!


Sorry, it's not quite dry yet...........Pearl says..."pet the cat instead"..........

I'll update later (maybe....."V" is FINALLY in labor....Happy Labor Day folks!).....nope...false alarm again...induction tomorrow! (no one should have to be 41 1/2 weeks pregnant....seriously)


so soft, so supple .....in all her lacy goodness.........


where will the Voyager end up?..............

9 comments:

Joan said...

Wow! I see another Blue Ribbon in your future! Stunning color too.

Grace Yaskovic said...

truly gorgeous I love the colourway I have 2400 yds of it in laceweight marinating in the Yarnoire and my first shawl ever, the Kerry Blue was made of it!!

Alana - Knit Wit said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Your lace is absolutely gorgeous!! I just started my first lace project, though not nearly as intricate as yours. I'm making the Forest Canopy Shawl, and it's written to be beginner friendly for lace knitters. We will see, I guess :o)

I had a white Persian when I was a kid. Theye're so pretty; only my goofball had one blue eye and one brown eye!

junior_goddess said...

That is freakin' gorgeous, Lis! Perfect yarn, looks GREAT!

B

Anonymous said...

Oh, that IS gorgeous! I have to start mine...

Marta

Arctic Knitter said...

Beautiful!!! I'm inspirted to try lace knitting - seems so scary! 41.5 weeks - no fun - I can relate! (~43 weeks)

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

The yarn does that pattern justice - great choice! I'm to the point where I can't even look at another beautiful shawl pattern - they are all on my list now! Beautiful, beautiful.

Minnie~Knits said...

absolutely fantastically amazingly spectacular-ific.
I was GOING to say stunning but Joan beat me to it.

TracyKM said...

That's worsted weight?! Wow! I'm working on a lace scarf and I added one repeat to make it more stole like, but now I'm wishing I had added a LOT more, or waited to see your's! Beautiful!