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21. September 2010 10:26
by Jobo

Angora and Cashmere - LACE!

21. September 2010 10:26 by Jobo | 4 Comments

After all of the fun of spinning each single, and lovingly plying them together, then petting the skein for a few weeks... I've chosen a pattern and started knitting up the lace :)

angora cashmere peacock tail lace 2

angora cashmere peacock tail lace 1Every time I look through the book Knitted Lace of Estonia, I daydream about each of the patterns... and drool over the intricate and lovely lace patterns.  I've knit a few projects already, but someday I imagine I will make every one of them.  For this decadent lace yarn, I decided to do the Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf - both because of the lovely leaves and open style, but also because I could modify the pattern to be narrower, and use less yarn for a finished scarf.  I also opted to forego the nupps, both to preserve yarn, and because I figured the fuzziness would obscure them anyways.

I've worked the first "end" and made it up into the main body of the lace... probably 1/4 of the way. I am quite happy with the light soft halo that is fluffing up as the yarn is manipulated.  There were a few "thin" spots which scare me a bit.  I took another single and reinforced a couple areas by darning along side the thin strand.  I don't think it shows up too badly, and hopefully I kept things loose enough that the areas will block properly also.

The texture of the completed lace is quite difficult to describe... the yarn itself is very light.  You can hardly feel the strand flow through your fingers.  In comparison to the weight of the needles, the already completed section of lace weighs next to nothing!  It almost feels as though I'm knitting with air.  I know that Angora is very warm, so the finished scarf will have a lot of heat-holding ability, but it will be very very light.  I hope it will be as comfortable as it will be beautiful.

Comments (4) -

Jolene, this is looking beautiful and I know it must be SO soft.  I agree completely about this wonderful book.  And as much as I love every single pattern as presented, I also love that it they are easily enough modified slightly, as you are doing, and still produce such lovely results.  

I am very impressed Jolene! WOW!

I am impressed! It's beautiful, but more impressed that you spun it! WOW! I have much to learn.
~ Angela

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