The stole is knit from each end towards the middle and then joined together. I decided to cast on both ends at once; that way they will match exactly even if I goof up the pattern repeats. I took these photos at work where the light is not very good (yellow fluorescents) and the counter top is very slick. I tried to stretch the knitting out, but it snapped right back. I'm sure it will look better after blocking. I think this yarn is pretty close to sport wt and I'm using the size 7 needles called for in the pattern. I'm just about ready for the 2nd pattern to pop in. This is very impressive looking lace, but also very easy. Jackie E-S offers very nice charts and very clear instructions in all her patterns.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Scotch Thistle Stole KAL
A week or so ago I joined the Scotch Thistle Stole KAL on the www.knittingzone.com forums. This is a drop dead gorgeous pattern from HeartStrings (Jackie E-S) that I bought as soon as it came out. I'm using some of my own handspun (what else?) - a NZ Romney Ewe from the Southern Alps breeding. This wool is a pale pearl grey and so far it looks luscious. I'm thinking I might paint it in "thistle" colors after the stole is finished.