Sunday, March 4, 2007

Carolyn's Alpine Lace

The Alpine Lace shawl is still on my needles. I am working on the 49th repeat of the center pattern ... and have 39 inches completed. I confess to being a bit surprised. After all, I added one double diamond to the width of the shawl, and it blocks out quite nicely to 18 inches. How was I to know that it would take 72 repeats, instead of 37, to get a good length? (I know ... swatching. But why swatch for length AND width, when the shawl can be the length swatch?)

The color variation is nice ... long enough that it doesn't obscure the pattern, subtle enough that it looks like I left the shawl in the sun too long, and the folds got bleached, and irregular enough that when I join the second ball, I only have to worry about getting the right color (and it's going to be the deep blue) from the second ball, and not match up yardage until the next fade-in.

Needles - 2 US, 2.75 mm
Yarn - Graceful 100% wool), from The Yarn Place - approx 85 grams; 1600 yards (my estimations on what I'll use for a 6 ft scarf). Color - Blueberry


Karin said...

This is going to be so beautiful.

I love the colours and how the design is turning out.

Can't wait to see it finished.


PS: I think I have to give this one a try too. It's gorgeous.

Anni said...

That's looking lovely. Love the colour. I did this one and it blocked out wider than the patern said and I did knit it a lot longer because I had to balance out the colour. Had a mistortunate event of using a skein in a slightly different shade than the other two for the middle bit. But it looks great now .Can't wait to see it finished.

Cynder said...

So lovely! I've been working on this more off than on for the last two weeks, and I'm still on the border.

Artis-Anne said...

Oh yet anpther shawl to drool over. Looking forward to seeing it finished