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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Olympic Training update...

I've done some of my olympic training for my shawl.

The following results have been gathered:

Indigo Zephyr yarn: 0 points. It just wouldn't give me the "fluffyness" I expect of a faroese shawl. I've never seen a faroese shawl in real life, but I have this "image" of them being fluffy without being made out of mohair or one of those other long haired yarns.
To be honest I feel this indigo Zephyr is destined to become some beaded shawl. I have tons of beads, but no beaded patterns :) I know there's a pretty famous book out with beaded shawls, but I don't have it. It's funny last year I was in Maryland in May and anywhere you would look where they'd sell books I'd see at least a copy of it. As I didn't know knitted lace back then I wasn't interested in it. Then, when I was in Oregon in October and I WANTED the book BADLY... I couldn't find a single copy of it!!!!

So off I went to find some other laceweight yarn that would be used in my Olympic efforts. I have several colors of Zephyr, so those were all out. Next I have a couple of skeins of Helen's Lace and even 2 skeins of Cherry Tree Hill yarn too. Those were out of the running too as I didn't want any of the (harsh) color changes in my shawl. So the sole solution was my stash of Handpainted Yarn. Luckily I have quite a stash of that too :) Although most are single skeins so not enough. When I got to the bottom of my box with yarn I found 2 skeins of the Stone Blue colorway. In the picture it looks pretty bright, but in reality it is the color of well used and washed blue jeans :) The color is absolutely perfect!!!

Next I got some needles. The chart calls for 3.75 mm (US 5) needles. The finished size of the shawl sounds a bit small to me, so I decided to use size US 7 (4.5mm) needles instead. I dislike garter stitch though. I made swatch number 1 using stockinette stitch... hmmmm me dislikes the result... no fluffyness. I thought and thought about it and decided to give the garter stitch a run too. I think I found the exact ingredients for the fluffyness I was looking for :)
So now I'm all set... just sad that I won't be home for the start of it on Friday night.
PS: sorry that this gets posted after the start signal of the games... Blogger messed it all up once again...



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