Thursday, July 3, 2008

Just Two Years!

Spinning update:

There hasn't been much going on in this category. I'm still upset with my stupid drive band that keeps on growing in size. (Note to self, must try sewing a cotton drive band.) A week ago I did force myself to give navajo plying a go, though. I've watched others do it, and after a few minutes of frustration I found a rhythm. This is four ounces of targee/bfl, merino, and angelica from Traveling Rhinos in "Chasing Rainbows". The photo below gives you a sense of how the yarn gradates from color to color.
After Two Years, Who's Counting?

Four-ish? years ago Knit Picks came on the scene. I was fascinated by how cheap their alpaca prices were, and quickly ordered four skeins of their laceweight in Tidepool to compare to Misti Alpaca Laceweight, which sold for $4.40ish at the same time. If memory serves me right, I paid $3.49 per skein, approx. $1 difference. The KP yarn was the same quality as far as I could tell, exept the yarn had a fabulous heather in each color - and Misti only had the same in their dark mossy grey/green. (The same holds true today.) The skeins I received appear to have much, much longer yardage than 440 each. I used 2.2 balls only double stranded for a 78 x15.5"
stole/scarf.


After swatching with the yarn, I decided to knit a shawl with two strands held together on a US 6. Madli's Shawl from IK was calling my name.

I started the shawl and loved it. After two weeks I was bored. Over the next TWO YEARS I worked on it here and there. Finally last weekend I wove in the final ends. As lovely as she looks, she's much better on your neck. What a joy to wear!



13 comments:

Amy said...

I have UFOs that are older than two years, and I've only been knitting for four!

I love the colors on the yarn you spun!

Kitt said...

Wow. Spectacular!

limedragon :-: Harriet said...

That handspun is lovely! Yay on finishing; the shawl is just gorgeous! : )

Karen S said...

Beautiful yarn and beautiful scarf! Very wow, indeed

Miss T said...

Two years is nothing--it's beautiful!

Elemmaciltur said...

Congrats on finishing off the UFO! And your navajo-plied yarn is great! Love the colour gradation.

Guinifer said...

All of it is gorgeous - I should be happy to finish something like that for less than two years.

Holly said...

Two years is a more than reasonable time. And it is lovely completed.

Do you have another UFO that needs to be "outed"?

Mary said...

Gorgeous! I'm glad to hear about the Knitpicks Laceweight, I've been thinking of ordering some.

Knitted Gems said...

The stole is stunning! I love the color and I love the pattern. Great job!

Michelle L. said...

WhooHoo, you got it done! Good for you!

Kelle said...

It's really lovely, I almost never choose a blue colorway, I don't know why it's a really lovely color. As to how long it takes to knit an object is irrelevent. (Living in a glass house here, there will be no stones forthcoming from my direction.)

Kenny Surtani said...

The yarn is Beautiful,and so is the lovely finished shall :)Keep up the good work.