Friday, September 28, 2007

Introducing Swan Lake

Stats: Yarn: Zephyr Wool Silk, color suede, about 1 -1/4 skeins
Beads: Beadwrangler, #217 (clear with copper center) size 8 Seed Beads
Needles: Size 5 addi turbo (the old ones, I don't have the new lace ones)
Started: June 29, 2007 , finished it on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
Pattern: Mystery Stole 3 by Melanie, named Swan Lake Stole
For: Me

I really enjoyed knitting this stole and was amazed at the beautiful pattern that emerged as I went from chart to chart. This is the first time I've knit lace with this tiny, tiny yarn. I usually use fingering weight. I loved working with it and can't wait to find another lace project since I have another hank of it in a pale pinky/mauve color.

I am HOOKED on putting beads on lace. This new way of doing it is so much better than stringing 2000 beads onto your yarn before you even start knitting. I had a great time with my Great Grandmother's crochet hooks. I had ordered some to use for this KAL but half way thru I looked to see if Nannie ever used hooks that little and sure enough, she used some really small ones, so I used one of hers. Made it all the more special.

I've only been knitting lace with charts and lace weight/fingering weight yarn for about 2 years! My very first blog entry, all the way back to 2005, last entry, is my first lace shawl. I never thought I'd be able to figure out all those little symbols. Now, I can't do it any other way. I'm so glad I took that class from Needlecraft University and that shawl pattern was their lace class. I've been hooked since.

Now, without further adieu, Swan Lake. (You can click on picture for closer inspection)

My little helpers
Happy Knitting!


StringPlay said...

Sheri, what a beautiful, beautiful shawl. Isn't Zephyr heavenly? Thanks for posting all the details. I love that color. Great job!!

Maureen said...

What a beautiful shawl. I know you will love wearing it. I just love the beads knitted in.Bravo!!!

Beth said...

It's a beautiful stole! And your helpers look pretty good, too. ;)

Susan said...

Oh's just gorgeous! And I think if it wasn't for Deb, I would never ever knit with beads. Her way is so much better, I think.
You did a marvelous job and deserve a resounding ovation!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just stopped in from the MS3 group. Your stole is beautiful! (and your little helpers are so adorable!)
Maria (Boston)

Diana said...

Your MS3 is gorgeous. Looks like you lengthened yours--I did too. Good job!

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