Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Niebling Goldlack stole

In honor of Spring and the plum blossoms blooming (yes, this is a picture of my neighbor's tree, just highly manipulated)

I just finished this Herbert Niebling stole:

goldlack 1

As you may or may not know, I've been trying to find a nice curtain pattern for my kitchen and really wanted to do one in linen. Well...

linen thread--check
pattern--uhmm...still haven't found one

However, I did find this pretty Goldlack Niebling pattern. It's been done as a circular tablecloth and as curtains. Well, I'm not so sure I'd like these as curtains, but as a stole...yes!

So, I put on my advanced degree hat and did all the calculations...okay, 3 columns of flowers... After 30 rows of this monstrocity, ripped and restarted. Then I decided that I really would like a symmetrical stole, verses only having leaves on the one end. So, rip again, and this time, did a provisional cast-on so that I could just pick up the stitches and knit the other way.

As I'm knitting, I'm doubting my swatch and thinking it's going to be thin...then justifying to myself that I could use it as a lace scarf...then when I had it long enough, broke into the other ball and knit it going the other way (again using advanced math). I didn't want to cut the yarn on my one side because what if my calculations were off and this is too short?! And I didn't know if I liked the ending of it anyway (looked too much like curtains and since I only ended up doing 2 columns of flowers, I thought, that would look dumb...anyway, I knit and I knit, then I took a break and did the Niebling January KAL (in Feb) and then I knit and knit...

What is goldlack? I love the intarweb. 'Goldlack' translates to 'gold paint'. It is the wallflower.

The scientific name is Cheiranthus cheiri, in the family Brassicaeae (mustard plant), by the way. And did you know that Brassica plants have a natural ability to uptake heavy metals like Cadmium? One of the projects I worked on as a post-doc was to study the mechanism of metal uptake in plants and phytoremediation--with the thought that you can genetically engineer plants that you can sow at Superfund sites. Tend the garden and then just remove the heavy metals from the soil by harvesting the plant. Cool, or what!

Of course, whenever I eat some veggies, I do of course have that thought in my brain...because, folks, heavy metals accumulate.

Anyway, back to Goldlack.
Here's the specs:
pattern: Herbert Niebling Goldlack in ANNA April 1983
yarn: Yarn TreeHouse Sweet 94% merino 6% polyester in pink
amount used: less than 2 balls
start date: February 9, 2008
finish date: February 26, 2008
modifications: Many at the bottom. I decided not to do the frill, and repeated the mesh instead. Then I modified the leaves.
Cast-on 90 provisional stitches, included 4 on each side for edge. 9 flower pattern repeats. Then I picked up the provisional stitches and knitted another 9 flower patterns.
Here's some other pics:
goldlack 4
goldlack 3
goldlack 2


KnitYoga said...

It's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful adaptation - congratulations!


shortoldlady said...

Lovely work! Wear it in good health.

twistedspinner said...

Lovely job!

fleegle said...

Fabulous, dear! What an inventive mind you have! No heavy metals accumulating in your brain!

I guess not many of us really need lace doodads around the house, so seeing an adaptation is very refreshing!

Soo said...

You are so clever!!!!!!!!!!

I love it.

√úhltje said...

What a pretty adaptation. This is a gorgeous scarf/shawl. I think that the fringe could have been a nice touch though.

PenCraft said...

Lovely! I have been eyeing Nieblings and thinking about adaptations to clothing. It's nice to see your version. Wonderful job.

Interesting bit about the plants and heavy metals too. Thanks!

Jane said...

That came out really beautifully! I've often thought of making those curtin patterns into stoles and now that I've seen yours I'll have to give it more consideration :-) Really Lovely!

Laurel said...

I love it, and am really impressed with your mods. My question about the plants and their heavy metal uptake is, OK, so say they plant the plants at Superfund sites and the plants absorb the heavy metals and then are harvested ... what then? What do you do with the plants? Will they leech the metals as they decompose? Interesting stuff.

OceanKnitter said...

I enjoyed seeing this in person at Lacis! You're work is lovely.


BadCatDesigns said...

Wow! How nice.

Linda said...

That is awesome! I love the stole. It's a one of a kind treasure.

Too bad I am math challenged. LOL