FO: Daughters of the Air Stole (Print o’ the Wave)
Made for LJ community Scarlet String’s Hans Christian Andersen-themed March/April Craft-Along. I chose “The Little Mermaid,” the ending in particular:
[She] threw herself from the ship into the sea, and thought her body was dissolving into foam. The sun rose above the waves, and his warm rays fell on the cold foam of the little mermaid, who did not feel as if she were dying. She saw the bright sun, and all around her floated hundreds of transparent beautiful beings; she could see through them the white sails of the ship, and the red clouds in the sky; their speech was melodious, but too ethereal to be heard by mortal ears, as they were also unseen by mortal eyes. The little mermaid perceived that she had a body like theirs, and that she continued to rise higher and higher out of the foam. “Where am I?” asked she, and her voice sounded ethereal, as the voice of those who were with her; no earthly music could imitate it.
“Among the daughters of the air,” answered one of them.
Pattern: “Print o’ the Wave Stole” by Eunny Jang from See Eunny Knit! [Ravel it!]
Yarn: KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud in Horizon Heather (color discontinued).
Needles: 3.5mm (US 4) KnitPicks Options
Finished size: 31″ x 80″
Start date: Mar 18, 2009.
Finish date: May 8, 2009.
I just checked the dimensions given in the pattern, and while I got the length dead on, the width in the pattern is 25″. I specifically didn’t block too aggressively, and I think it could have been both longer and wider.
This is the first time I’ve knitted with baby alpaca, and I love it. The yarn is an absolute pleasure to work with (although metal needles definitely help, the other Alpaca Cloud project I have on bamboo needles is going a lot slower, probably because of the lack of sharp points; the yarn doesn’t really split, it’s just really fuzzy, and holds onto the bamboo). This project used 2 skeins and a little bit, although I suppose it could have been reduced down to two if I’d done it on smaller needles, or made fewer repeats of the pattern in the main body.
I made this in one piece, mostly because while I’m not really afraid of grafting, I didn’t like the look of the rather obvious line down the middle of the stole. And I really don’t care about whether the two sides have the pattern going the same way. As long as they’re the same width, I’m happy.
Blocked on the floor, as the empty room in the house isn’t empty any more, and I was too lazy to strip everything off my bed and flip the mattress (plus I actually needed the bed to sleep on. Blocking mats are going to become a necessity, sooner rather than later. Maybe next time I’m in Calgary, I can take a look at Walmart, or Toys ‘R Us if I remember. There were going to be pretty sunlit pictures taken outside, but it got nasty and cloudy outside this afternoon, so that might have to wait.
I had to fudge the stitches in the edging a bit; I think I picked up the wrong number of stitches somewhere. It looks fine to me, though, so I don’t really care. The join on the edging wasn’t grafted, I just used a larger needle to do a three needle bind-off and left it at that. There were some loose stitches in that corner, from where I joined the edging to the main body, but I think I got it as cleaned up pretty well.
I seem to be knitting most of my lace projects on 3.5mm needles lately; so much so that I’m pondering investing in a pair of Signature Needles in that size for my lace knitting needs. I love my Options, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve seen so many people raving about Signature Needles that I’m very tempted. The only thing that’s annoying is the ridiculous cost of shipping to Canada from the US. It’s easily circumvented by sending it to someone in the US, who then pops it in the mail for $5 and gets it to me that way, so that shouldn’t be a problem. (Or, you know, someone could get me a pair. 3.5mm, stiletto point, teardrop cap, 10 inch length. *shifty*)
As I’ve said before, I’ve been bitten by the lace bug. I’ve got a lot of laceweight in my stash, so it’s nice to use some of it up. I’ve got a couple of projects that I’m considering—the Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace, the Shipwreck Shawl from the newest Knitty (or some other variation on the pi shawl pattern), and a few other patterns that I found on Ravelry. I just got my KnitPicks Shine Sport in the mail the other day, so I may put the lace aside for a little while and see how I like the Decimal cardigan (also from the newest Knitty). Decisions, decisions… Maybe I’ll go back to trying socks again, see if I can actually get to like it.
People have asked, while I was working on this project, who I’m making it for. And honestly, I have no idea. I may end up sending it to my grandmother, since blue is her favorite color. I may end up folding it up, putting it in a Ziploc bag, and letting it sit in the Drawer of Finished Objects. I don’t know.