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Swallowtail Shawl Update

The Kangaroo Alpaca Silk Swallowtail is gone. I ripped it out very quickly, while watching the Biggest Loser. (Why is Ron still there??? And can you belive how HARD the Black Team fell off the wagon?! Jumbo shrimp cocktail, tequila and cigarettes, have they learned nothing?)

If you read yesterday, you were expecting me to use KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud or Shadow for the next version. Ha! Fooled you!!

Because watching Biggest Loser on DVR is more fun than winding yarn, I grabbed another of my latest (already wound) hand-dyed, cast on, and pretty soon had 20 or so rows complete.

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What do you think? Pretty? I think so. Amazing how it turned from a yarn blob, into something so defined and crisp and clean.

But here’s the problem. I made a dumb decision and cast on with size 2s. They were the closest needles at hand at the time. People, believe me when I tell you, I am L-A-Z-Y, too lazy to walk up a flight of stairs and find a size 6. Knit on size 2, this finished shawl will be the size of a kleenex. Not so good.

But even if I did get my butt off the couch long enough to find the 6s, I only have one skein of this particular sock-weight yarn, meaning I am 50 or so yards short of the 516 yards recommended in the pattern. Which means I now have to wind up the yarn I showed you last night.

American Idol is waiting for me on DVR, so I must go wind, really fast. And maybe I’ll have a jumbo shrimp cocktail when I’m done.

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Just Not Meant for Each Other

I love color. I love lace. The two together are even better. Right? Wrong.

Prompted by my good friend Kim, who is attempting lace for the first or nearly first time, and my need to take a break from the recent abundance of sock knitting, I cast on for the Swallowtail Shawl.

As with most lace projects, it’s a bit of yarn blob right now.

Swallowtail Shawl Blob

Swallowtail Shawl Blob

The yarn is a laceweight 80% alpaca / 20% silk, hand dyed by Gail the Kangaroo Dyer.

The yarn is lovely – soft and silky, just yummy. The colors are dazzling. The problem, I think, is that the lovely yarn is competing too much with the lovely pattern.  Apart – beautiful. Together – kind of ugly Betty. Maybe the answer is (gasp!) ripping and restarting with a solid color yarn.

A quick trip to the stash uncovered these. Pretty solid color lace yarn

Pretty solid color lace yarn

They are all from KnitPicks, from left to right, Alpaca Cloud (100% Baby Alpaca) in Moss and Iris, and Shadow (100% Merino) in Sunset.

Oh decisions! I’m off to rip.

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