Hi! I finished an object! I have an FO!
This is my first large lace project, and it was so much fun. The yarn, the pattern, everything. Some of you may know that I like my yarn colorways to speak to the pattern. In this case, I went searching for the yarn (called Campfire Songs) for the pattern (called Desert Sun). The yarn just sang to me....so evocative of the desert and the sunrise or sunset, and all of the different colors....
This is a pi shawl, so as it got larger it started to feel like it was never going to end. And then, I started the edging. Goodness gracious....that took almost as long as the last motif.
I did have a lot of help with blocking. Chloe supervised everything. Isn't it amazing how this:
turns into this?
Pattern: Desert Sun by Renee Leverington/Goddess Knits, available for purchase here.
Yarn: Yarn Chef Crème Brûlée, 50%merino/50%silk laceweight. Colorway "Campfire Songs." This yarn is a dream. The dyer has an Etsy shop here. I will most definitely partake in this again.
Mods: I went down a needle size to US 4, as I am a loose knitter. I did 5 repeats of the last motif (you can do 4-8) before I got scared I would run out of yarn. As it is, I have a bit left over, but definitely not enough to have done another repeat. My gauge was 6 sts/inch rather than 5 sts/inch, and I liked that drape better. I ended up with a shawl about 52 inches in diameter.
My name is Suzanne, and I am addicted to lace.
(The following is for a swap I am doing on Ravelry. Feel free to comment at will.)
1. What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color?
Suzanne, to win the internet, and pink or red.
> 2. When is your birthdate (year optional)?
May 3, 1975.
> 3. Do you have any special birthday traditions?
My parents often come to help me celebrate. For a few years we planted flowers in my flower boxes that died in a few weeks from a combination of overzealous watering for days followed by forgetting about them completely for days. We also go out to lunch and get yummy cream of crab soup. This past year, a new tradition may have started in that the MD Sheep and Wool festival is the same weekend as my birthday, and a horde of knitters descended upon me. It was awesome!
> 4. What is your favorite birthday memory?
One of my favorites is the one right after I moved back to the East Coast from Colorado. A lot of my family was here at my new apartment and it was such a good feeling!
> 5. Any allergies we should know about?
> 6. What crafts do you do - knit, crochet, spin, dye, bead, quilt,
> etc. etc. ?
Knit mostly. Some crochet and spinning....but right now it's all about the knitting.
> 7. Any sorts of fibers you particularly love or hate or are dying to
> work with?
I am an equal opportunity fiber ho.
> 8. What weight of yarn do you prefer?
Right now? Lace, lace, lace! Or maybe cobweb. Or gossamer. See a pattern?
> 9. What are your favorite knitting accessories? (i.e.: stitch
> markers, row counters…)
I love cute and little stitch markers that match my current project.
> 10. Do you subscribe to any crafty magazines?
IK, VK, Spin Off.
> 11. What do collect aside from fiber-related things?
Fans (my Aunt Barbara started me on them when I was very young. They are all over my walls).
> 12. Favorite candy, chocolate (dark, white, or milk), tea, coffee,
> other treats?
I am an equal opportunity food and drink ho.
> 13. Do you enjoy handmade soap and body products?
> 14. Are there any scents you love or hate?
I don't like very strong florals or heavy musks. I like clean, natural scents right now.
> 15. What is your favorite: flavor, flower, letter, number, film, artist?
Chocolate, carnation, no idea, 17, three way tie between "A Princess Bride", "Top Gun", and "Dirty Dancing", and I love impressionism.
> 16. Anything we should *not* get for you?
A large crate of pineapples.
> 17. Do you have a blog and or wishlist that are not linked on Ravery
> or listed in the GoogleDoc?
> 18. Anything special you would like your partner to know?
*cough hack gag* ackkk (doesn't she kind of look like Bill the Cat there?)