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February 27, 2006

Same as before, just different

Last time we spoke about the leaf lace shawl I was waxing the praises of the white cashmere merino laceweight. And it's true -- this yarn is to die for.

But I should know better. When I put down a project for months on end, something's wrong and I'm avoiding it. In this case, the needle size just wasn't right for the yarn's gauge. That pic from last November shows the leaves really nicely but in person they're not as clear. I was using a 3.75mm/US 5 and needle and there was more air in those YOs than I wanted.

I could have easily ripped and started from scratch but at 825 yards a ball I was going to have lots leftover anyway. So I visited the stash and came up with this.

it's twinkletoes sock yarn

At this much heavier gauge I'm still using a 3.75/US 5 needle. I like it so much more. See?


I've had this yarn in my stash for two years, and now I'm wondering why. The pinks are right up my alley, and the touch of purple that works its way in makes me smile every time I knit a stitch with it.

That's the happy-happy of it. The crazy-crazy? It's supposed to be knit and blocked by Saturday for the lace knitting class.

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Gor-geous! I love it, the color is brilliant. Don't you just love waiting to see what color is next? Can't wait to see the final product.

Posted by: Kelly | Feb 27, 2006 9:48:19 PM

You must really like the pressure . . .

Good luck!

Posted by: Theresa | Feb 27, 2006 9:55:57 PM

What pretty colors!

Posted by: AmyG | Feb 27, 2006 10:09:48 PM

Hmm, are you doing Project Spectrum? Because you've nailed the first two colors. :) Looks great!

Posted by: Chris | Feb 27, 2006 10:43:52 PM

The lovely-lovely. Looks great!

Posted by: Kathy | Feb 27, 2006 11:21:17 PM

Great color, and the pattern works very nicely with this yarn weight. Good luck finishing on time!

Posted by: grumperina | Feb 27, 2006 11:57:21 PM

Love the pinks! I recently completed this shawl as my first lace knit project and found it a great project to work on. Good luck on your deadline!

Posted by: Robin | Feb 28, 2006 2:51:29 AM

i'm loving these colours! gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

Posted by: jacqueline | Feb 28, 2006 3:46:42 AM

Oh the pink is sooo pretty, it will look gorgeous when it is done!

Posted by: Dani | Feb 28, 2006 6:03:21 AM

oooh that is pretty yarn!

Posted by: stinkerbell | Feb 28, 2006 6:14:52 AM

Love the pinks!! That is going to be one happy shawl. :)

Posted by: Jackie | Feb 28, 2006 7:51:18 AM

Looks good! I keep unearthing my Leaf Lace...just need a bigger needle.

Posted by: Kathleen | Feb 28, 2006 8:17:55 AM

The time comes for every knit. It's beautiful and full of spring colors. I think we are craving bright color and the shawl is just perfect.

Posted by: margene | Feb 28, 2006 8:58:44 AM

That is gorgeous. I love the colors.

Posted by: Donna | Feb 28, 2006 11:58:38 AM


Posted by: Christie | Feb 28, 2006 12:14:58 PM

Ooo!! It's really gorgeous. Lovin' that pink...yumm. Have fun, I'm sure you'll finish it, looks like a fun knit!

Posted by: Julia | Feb 28, 2006 6:57:39 PM

Oh dear, I hope you make it on time!

Posted by: Pioggia | Feb 28, 2006 7:35:58 PM

Oh yeah, that's doable. I saw people doing far crazier for the Knitting Olympics!

Posted by: Kathy | Feb 28, 2006 7:56:23 PM

Oh, mama...what a beauty!!

Posted by: isel | Feb 28, 2006 11:14:46 PM

Hi there - can you send me an email when you have a minute, want to talk to you about something. thanks so much!

Posted by: kerrie | Mar 1, 2006 3:28:11 PM

I'm using Twinkletoes now too. I LOVE the color but I'm not too thrilled with the yarn....it's not so soft, splitty and doesn't stand up to frogging AT ALL!!

She's clearly got a talent for dyeing I just wish the yarn wassn't crap!!

How are you finding it Jody?

Your shawl is gorgeous :)

Posted by: Debi | Mar 1, 2006 10:01:59 PM

You can do it, I have every faith!

Posted by: Tracy | Mar 2, 2006 8:51:55 AM

Ooh, lovely colours.

Talking of lace knitting, I've finally, finally finished my River this evening. OK, so I still have to sew in the ends and block it but I've cast off so I feel as though I've finished.

Posted by: Kirsty | Mar 5, 2006 7:59:50 PM

Very pretty colors.
And they go so well with the pattern.

Posted by: Manasi | Sep 25, 2007 11:27:42 PM

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