Friday, February 18, 2011

What goes around comes around

A few weeks ago I had an email from an unknown knitter in Dublin. She'd started a project which had then gone into hibernation. When the project later came to light, she discovered she didn't have enough yarn to finish the garment. The yarn, had of course, been discontinued. Undetered, this resourceful knitter knew that Google was her friend. She found, via this very blog, that I had bought some of the same yarn in the same colour:



Well, she was very lucky, because I did have some left and was very happy to send it to her to allow her to finish the garment.

And I thought no more about it.

Until I posted here that I was thinking about a huge, skinny lace project but didn't have quite enough of quite the right yarn for the job. Hardly had my fingers left the keyboard, when I had a message from WyeSue, who was offering goodies. Before a few days were up, this little lot arrived:



Almost half a kilo of Jamieson and Smith Shetland Supreme

and this:



almost half a kilo of blue silk.

So, you see, what goes around really does come around.

They are both pretty skinny:



The Shetland Supreme.



The blue silk.

I couldn't help myself. I had to cast on immediately:



This is a swatch (yes, you heard correctly) for the alternative centre of the Queen Susan Shawl. I know, it looks just like all lace looks before blocking.

I did a bit of strectching:



and a close-up:



The yarn is beautiful to work with - slightly fuzzy (tt), so if you do happen to lose a stitch it doesn't fly down to the cast on edge before you can say "Jack Robinson". The pattern suggests pairing decreases (K2tog and K1, sl1, PSSO; or SSK, as I normally do) but actually, with this skinny yarn and needles (1.5mm), I don't think it makes a scrap of difference. The bottom half of the swatch uses paired decreases, the top half has K2tog throughout. Can you tell them apart?

I don't think the swatch is going to come out square (or even be capable of being blocked square), so I'm going to have to do some adjustments.

I don't know what the blue silk is going to turn into but I'm sure it will speak to me before too long.

Many, many thanks to WyeSue, who has cemented her position as the greatest enabler in the universe.

Oh, Sharon, (who left a comment about the blue and cream sock in the last post) the sock is from Stephanie van der Linden's book "Around the World in Knitted Socks". Great book, great patterns. If you are a sock knitter, I think it needs to be on your bookshelves.

1 comment:

littlelixie said...

Happy Easter!