Monday, December 22, 2008

Icarus flies!

G'day all

On Friday I finally finished Icarus! I started waaay back in umm 2006 in about September or so. It was lovely but I hadn't quite grokked charts and some weird counting problem had me put it down. Then the Christmas rush hit and we moved and yadda yadda yadda.

Yesterday I blocked my little Icarus (3 fewer repeats of the ladder pattern cos I was worried about having enough yarn - HA! I used a little over 50% of the yarns I had!)

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I chose a road less travelled and used two colours. I didn't have enough of any one colour to complete it so I did the lacy part in plain blue.

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(not quite colour accurate - the blue is a cornflower blue)

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(the obligatory draped on the broccoli pic, again not accurate colour - too intense)

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I chose to bead every second point with these weird rectangular things - the other points just got some little seed beads.

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I am very pleased with it - it was my first real lace project. It has taken long enough to complete! The yarn is from Marta's Yarn (now the Thread Room) in Melbourne, Oz.

Now I have to make a decision about mystery stole 4. It just is not doing it for me. Dunno if it is the yarn (my own charcoal merino handspun) or the pattern or what but I am thinking I'll frog it and use the yarn for something else. Like a small hemlock - I have about 900m of fingering to sportweight yarn...

anon!

8 comments:

  1. Ooh very pretty, I like the use of 2 different colours.

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  2. Your shawl is beautiful and I love the two colours. and the beading!! Letters and parcels take so long to get here from anywhere in Australia, it is quicker to get things from the UK!!!

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  3. well done! I can't believe you could pick up from were you left off with something you started in 2006. Fantastic!!

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  4. that's a long time between starting and finishing! I'm impressed. the two colours look really, really good!

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  5. Oh Lynne Its gorgeous!!Well done! but then again I have the utmost confidence in your knitting capabilities!!I have the yarn hidden away for this pattern but cant bring myself to start,want to d Swallow tail too!
    Will you have snow this Christamas inyour part of the world? Not sure what your climate is normally,its certainly isnt here in WA,watching a nice cyclone,hoping itll come our way..
    Have a great Chrissy anyway!!

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  6. Gosh, shucks, thanks for all the compliments ;-)

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  7. That is GOR-geous! The colors compliment each other so well too.

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