Thursday, November 20, 2008

Estonian Lace and skimpy nupps

Last weekend, I got together with 2 friends in my part of town and had some tea, and to do some knitting. I was asked to bring my yarn winding stuff and so I did.

What a trial that was, the winding I mean. My friend D had a ginormous hank of laceweight yarn. It didn't fit on my GOKO, since that's the only drawback to this amazing swift--it doesn't expand past 56inches. Anyway, good thing I also brought my squirrel cage swift (that's where my ball winder was on). Anyway, it literally took 3 people 2 plus hours to wind that hank. Maybe we were using the squirrel cage incorrectly, but one person had to wind, one person had to push the yarn along, and the 3rd person had to guide the yarn...

But the Estonian Lace. I'd flipped through it briefly when I was at Lacis. But W brought her copy over and I got to spend more time reading it. What a great book. Such lovely patterns. Such unusual stitches...

Anyhow, I knit the Peacock Tail and Leaf scarf:
peacock n leaf
Started November 15 2008
Completed November 19 2008
yarn: Colourmart 100% alpaca 1/16nm doubled (55g used = 490yds)
color: pistachio
needles: US4
size: 14.5in X 52in
pattern mods: I added a few more repeats because I lost track.

About this pattern: I love, adore, will definitely use again, the cast on for this project. It never occurred to me to double the yarn for cast-on. It looks very spiffy. And see all those nupps? Yep, did them all, using non-stretchy alpaca. Altho' you'll see that my nupps aren't plump. I'll have to investigate that further.

peacock n leaf close up

What to knit next? I think Triinu is next. Oh, that alpaca is soft. It's divine.


Jeanne said...

That is gorgeous! I love the book - now I want to make this scarf!

fleegle said...

Utterly breathtaking! I didn't know that Colourmart even haad alpaca! You really like it, huh?

Kathleen Valentine said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! I love the color, too. I think I need this book....

stitchin' girl said...

That scarf is beautiful!! The color is great.

Stefaneener said...

What a fantabulous color. It's really divine, skinny nups and all.

Anonymous said...

Since some of you are using the goko winder I just bought, can you advise me on how to use it? Just tie on the yearn and spin the wheel, counting how many times or?