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Sunday, April 01, 2007

No Fooling

223 sts on a dpn! It's no April Fool's joke.

This is the start of the Mediterranean Lace shawl from Gathering of Lace. The color of the silk/yak yarn (from Skaska but Treenway also carries it) blended much too much into my favorite bamboo needles for these tired old eyes, so I decided to go with the good contrast and nice tapered points of ebony needles. According to Galina, the Russian Orenburg shawl knitters always use dpn's when knitting their shawls and now I can definitely understand why they do. The sts are so easy to control as they're always right underneath your hands. There's no needing to stop and move sts into position and no worries about the skinny 32/2 size yarn catching on the join of a circular needle. And even with a couple of hundred sts on the needle, I haven't had to worry about sts falling off the ends and I'm not even close to filling up it up yet.

I've wanted to knit this shawl since the book first came out. So look for updates in future posts as it will definitely be a long term project.


At 12:18 AM, Blogger Romi said...

Wow! It's gorgoeus! How does it smell? Yak-y or silk-y? :)

At 7:41 AM, Blogger Mary G said...

Wow! You are brave -- do you have caps on the end of the dpns or are you using 4 or 5? This must be so fluffy and soft.

Happy knitting and please post as you get more done....

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Vicki said...

Just to clarify--this is knitting back and forth, not in the round, so I'm using 2 dpn's as you would normally use 2 straight needles. No end caps needed as the sts fit quite comfortably and it is definitely a stay at home and knit project so there are no worries about sts escaping while in a knitting bag.

The yarn has been well ages in the stash so luckily no smells from either of the fibers, either. :)

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Patty Kandiko said...

Hey Vicki, I love the color...looks really familiar. You need to stretch it out a little so we can see the pattern. Have fun with the Joy.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

Wowza, the yarn looks like fairy hair! It appears that you're making good progress - you must have great focus.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Spinny Bunt said...

Can't wait to see it finished! Thanks for reminding me about Galina.


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