Jezebel (kightp) wrote in knitting,

FO: Evening in Eden

After a spate of socks over the holidays, I returned to lace with Evening in Eden, a rectangular, fringed lace wrap from Cabin Fever. I finished knitting it nearly a month ago, but it sat in my work basket until this week, when I finally got around to blocking it and adding the fringe.

Evening in Eden, completed
(More photos behind the thumbnail).
I'd been hoarding a 1-pound cone of Henry's Attic Sharazade since aquiring it during a Seattle yarn crawl last year; it's a lovely, undyed yarn, one strand of soft cotton plied with one of lustrous, nubbly rayon. The result is a highly textured, approximately fingering-weight yarn the produces a weighty fabric, even in lace. Besides adding shine, the rayon counters cotton's tendency to sag when knit. The resulting wrap is drapey but crisp, with enough weight to hang beautifully but very little warmth - a great wrap for warm summer evenings or a night out at the theater.

If you're not familiar with Henry's Attic yarns, you should be, especially if you enjoy dyeing your own yarn or fabric. They produce a broad range of undyed, natural-fiber yarns, plus a few nylon blends, in all sorts of interesting textures. They don't seem to sell retail, but I've found good deals on the yarn at a number of stores on line and off, including (If you buy undyed yarn from Halcyon, it's probably Henry's Attic; the Silk & Ivory I bought there for my Pacific Northwest Shawl was produced by HA.)

before blocking
Before blocking

We sometimes hear people question whether blocking does anything for cotton and other non-wool yarns. Yes, it does.

The Evening in Eden pattern is rated for "enthusiastic beginners," and while it's large enough to take a good deal of time to finish (two months, in my case), it would make a fine first lace project; it's just many, many repeats of the same 16-stitch, 48-row lace pattern, knit as a straightforward rectangle. One warning: If you plan to add fringe, as the pattern suggests, be sure you have plenty of yarn. I wound up using two 24-inch strands for each fringe, for a total of 458 yards of yarn; that was more than a third of what it took to knit the entire wrap.

after blocking
After blocking

I may or may not dye this shawl. It's lovely as is, but I don't wear a lot of white. A theatrical costumer friend has requisitioned it, as is, for a production of Enchanted April I'm working on, so I'll wait until after the show closes to decide.
Tags: finished object, technique - lace, yarn review - blend
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