måndag 21 december 2009

Estonian lace, Peacock Tail and Leaf scarf

From the book Knitted Lace of Estonia I made this Peacock Tail and Leaf scarf. I used some left-overs from the Wide Bordered Shawl. I e 2/28nm merino. I added two pattern repeats on the width and made 44 repeats of the peacock centre. The size is about 33cm times 160cm. Instead of casting on and off with two strands of yarn I crocheted loops (wide picots?).

It was an excellent travelling knit. Though, I have to say, plain even rows aren't much fun and 44 repeats of the same 10 rows was a bit boring. It's a nice scarf though and I'll use it a lot I think.

torsdag 10 december 2009


Until they start making Odd Molly for kids, I have to manage on my own. She liked it!

lördag 5 december 2009

Finished objects, les Boleros!

Finished boleros!

This one is knitted in an estonian "lilly of the valley pattern" at the centre and framed by old shell pattern and a lacy edging all the way round. I knitted it in Rowan Kid Silk Haze, colour Cream. Nice, soft, snug fit, and above all it's my own design.

Dear friend, the russian earrings work very well as stitch markers. Lovely n'est ce pas? Thanks a lot for the effort going all the way to Izmailova to get them for me.

This is my daughter's bolero.

My 5-year old and I were blocking the shawl collar bolero/cardigan together. A UFO I started some time ago which got too small for me but will fit her.

Blocking such a cardigan is difficult, but I invented a bespoke blocker by using my daughters Duplo LEGO container. It is tubular and perfect for the arms. The rest is blocked circular by pins on a matress. It looks very funny!

I got the fantastic yarn as a present from a friend in Norway. It is Malabrigo lace in colour Holly Hock 148. It is a 1-ply baby merino wool from Uruguay. Lovely soft, I'd say it is as soft as cashmere. Handspun and hand dyed too which gives an interesting texture and a variegated appearance, but subtle enough not to mess up the lace pattern. First time 1 ply knitting for me, but this yarn is probably heavily steam set because it has no resudual bias, nor has it much elasticity which is very rare for merino yarn (my experience of 2-ply lace weight yarns).

60g is all the cardigan took, and the rest will be a chunkier shawl (than I usually make).

The edging is from A Gathering of Lace. It is perfect for a circular shape because it can be blocked to spread at the outer rim.