I need to get better at this posting thing!… To my defense, I have been plagued with headaches / migraines over the last couple of weeks. I’m feeling better now, but there’s nothing like a splitting headache and nausea to stop you from using your computer. I’m being very careful of sudden light changes and I’m also trying to get more sleep to keep the migraines at bay.
Anyway, here is the long awaited post (well, maybe not!) about my latest lace project. A laminaria.
My mother-in-law had given me some wonderful lace weight New-Zealand yarn when she came over to visit us back in June. 2 skeins of the stuff! I searched and searched for a good project to use those 2 skeins but couldn’t find anything that really inspired me. So I decided to make 2 projects and then, the possibilities became endless. I chose the laminaria as my first project. I am not sure what I will make with the remainder of this lovely yarn just quite yet.
Project (on Ravelry): My laminaria
Yarn: Touch Yarns 2 ply (blend of merino and mohair), about 650 metres
Modifications: I wanted it to be finished quick and it was getting big (what was I expecting?…), so I only did 6 repeats of the blossoms chart (the pattern calls for 8). Also, I found the set up row of the blossoms tedious after a while (9 stitches in 3 the whole damn row!). I bound off with only 1 strand of yarn. And I used a 3.25mm needle, because I didn’t like the look and drape of the fabric with bigger needles: too holey and drape-y to my taste.
Now, I’m not a huge fan of mohair (itchy itchy!), but it’s low content so it’s not too bad. And the colours are gorgeous (black-ish, deep teal, dark purple and some lavender highlights). The variegation is subtle and doesn’t conflict with the lace pattern. And I love the way it plays with the blossoms stitches.
Finished, it’s about 26 inches from top to bottom so it’s a BIG shawlette or a smallish shawl. I’m very happy with the finished product and can’t wait for the weather to turn colder to wear it (well, not really – I want to wear it, but I’d like Summer to last a little bit longer… please?).
I’ll come back soon to talk about another finished object: socks!!