Lavish Lace's A Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness
Knitpick's Shimmer in Deep Woods, 2 skeins (70% baby alpaca, 30% silk hand-dyed lace weight)Time used:
Not including blocking, maybe 40-45 hours total knitting time.The story:
I wanted something pretty and unique to wear to my little sister's wedding, which was an evening outdoor wedding at the country club. I started this about three months before the wedding but time got away from me, so about 8 days prior to the wedding I went into overdrive. 10 rows took me about an hour to complete, there are 52 rows for each repeat, and 8 repeats so at the point I picked it back up again I figured I needed about 40 hours to complete it if I pushed hard. Every day I worked for 2 hours in the morning or afternoon, and about 3 hours every evening, just to get this done. The day before the wedding I was finished at exactly 12:10, which was about 10 minutes after I figured I would be according to how much I had left that day. WHEW!The blocking:
The pattern instructions call for a soaking overnight with two full days of blocking. Let me say right out that did not happen. I put the finished shawl into a ziplock freezer bag, filled it 3/4 of the way with water, sucked the air out of the bag to make a vaccuum seal, and then let it soak for about 20 minutes. Then I took it out, blotted it in a rolled-up towel, pinned it to a backer board front and back and then just let it sit. In about 2 hours it was dry -- this laceweight yarn is VERY easily air-dried, apparently! I left it pinned overnight and well into the next day, until about 3pm, and that was after putting it in the car, driving to a friend's house to stay there and get ready for the wedding the following day, etc. Heck, the wedding dress was at her house, I knew my knitting would be safe, cat or no cat in residence... ;)What I would do differently:
I would give myself a little more time simply to enjoy making it, and add maybe another two repeats in the pattern because I like a longer length overall. This was fine for what it was, but my personal preference is such that I may add another repeat onto each end now that the wedding rush is over.Total cost to make:
I usually don't include this in my summaries but I have to point out that Shimmer is $4.99 a skein for 440 yards, so it cost me $10 in materials to make this beautiful accessory!Other notes:
I've ordered from Knitpicks twice now, and each time I was able to track my order online and it arrived a little earlier than I thought it would. I'm very pleased with their products and delivery methods so far. A confession:
I think I've become addicted to lace, as this is now my third project and I have already cast on for the Adamas shawl...
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