Monday, June 17, 2013


It's coming along.

I cast on almost before the yarn was dry from the overdyeing, pausing only to hand-wind the two skeins into reasonable balls. The pattern calls for a size 5 needle, but all I had on hand were, well, size 4 circs that were 12 inches tip to tip. That's a tiny circumference for circulars. I had been using them for sweater sleeves.

I managed well enough on them for the beginning stockinette portion, but by the time I got to the first double-sided lace section, with its double yarnovers and p3togtbl, I decided I would have to get real lace needles at the Estes Park Wool Festival. Very sharp lace needles. With a long cord.

I am so very glad to be done with this section. I was lucky enough to be able to get through it without making any major, unsalvageable mistakes, especially since double-sided lace can be challenging to "read" and I don't use lifelines. I was even kind of getting used to the p3togtbl, near the end (sharp lace tips help!). But still. So glad to be done with that.

Now I'm drawing close to the end of the second lace section, and here's where I find something curious.

The pattern calls for 750-800 yards of laceweight. I've been reading project notes that describe using 787 yards, slightly less than 765 yards, 712 yards, and 760 yards, with various small modifications, including needle size changes more drastic than mine. I'm almost ready to start the knitted-on edging, and my calculations inform me that I've only used 325 yards so far.

Does the edging really require that much yarn? Or do I have some magical ability to knit, and knit, and knit some more, and somehow not use up yarn? Because if the latter is the case, well, I'd really like to know for future projects!


  1. Wow, that is coming out very pretty.

  2. Its a gorgeous colour, you did a great job of overdying! Good luck with the edging :)

  3. I don't like to push it when it comes to edging. I suppose if worse comes to worst you could use a different color for the edging. I'm glad to see the yarn knit up into something so pretty!

    1. I suppose it's better to be safe than sorry, but still... will the pattern really use up more yarn for the edging than the entire rest of the shawl? One way to find out, I suppose!