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The many choices for lace projects are so great and I just can't seem to decide just what to do and when to do it.  I signed up for the The Amazing Lace Along and told Theresa I wanted a big ass lace project team mate but hadn't decided what it should be. Maybe you can give me your two cents worth.   

KingfisherlaceweightfromnewzealandBlurrylaceyarnpicture In my stash are 20 balls of Elann's Baby Silk, color Aubergine, purchased for the Kimono Stole in Folk Shawls. (I can't find my book, however.)  Also, in the stash is a large skein, about 1000 yds, of beautiful Kingfisher blue merino lace weight from New Zealand.  It was unassigned but, Mim's Mountain Peaks Shawl would be fabulous in this color and I'd like to knit it soon. Laurie also sent a lovely gift cone of cashmere in a deep purple that would make up nicely into Mim's shawl.  However, it might be a bit fine and I don't want to fuss with making more repeats to enlarge the shawl.

Beautifullaceicelandicstole Another very exciting possibility is the Blue/Violet lace weight purchased last year from Grayce, of Plain and Fancy Wool, at Estes Wool Market.  It would knit into a wonderful stole and with 1600 yds it could be anything!  After perusing several web sites and books, it was in Three-Cornered and Long Shawls by Sigridur Halldórsdóttir, that I found something different and beautiful.  It's a long shawl, pictured on the front of the translation booklet, with a pretty lace border and pattern stitches on EVERY ROW!  It would be difficult and may be beyond my capability.  It must also be graphed together, which I know I'll need help to do (or will need to beg and grovel so someone else will do it for me). I could use any of the above yarn choices for it too but, it scares me a bit.

Cececolorstwoinches Of course CeCe is already in process but, she'll be knit anyway and I'd like a stole or shawl to take me through the summer…something big ass big (and beautiful).

In the mean time Mountain Stream II is streaming along nicely.


You are an amazing knitter -- of course you can do it!

Please, please post a picture of you "CeCe"...I started it twice now and I think I've got the pattern down but would love to see it.

oh my gosh...I'm must not be awake DID post a picture of screen picture didn't look big enough, so I couldn't see the details. silly me. have a great day!

Well, you know how I am: I'll go straight for the purple every time. Since the cashmere (pause to wipe drool off keyboard) may be too fine, I'd pick the Baby Silk.

As for the project, I too believe you can do anything, and urge you to go for the long shawl. It would be unbelievable.

My teammate for Amazing Lace is the Lotus Blossom shawl in Blue Heron mercerized cotton. I think it's a great pattern but I'm sure you'll love whatever you choose.

My vote is for the Halldorsdottir shawl. I've only seen Hyrna Hergorbar knitting up from that book so far (which is on my queue once I get my Leaf Lace started/done from Judy-yarn).

Margene, I have been so far behind in commenting, but I have been reading.
The aubergine and the blue laceweights are just perfect for the coming months of Project Spectrum! :) I have many blue and purple projects planned myself!

Best wishes,

Hmmm, I too am doing a Lotus Blossom shawl out of Judy's yarn, but it's a pretty easy (compared to the Halldorsdottir I think) knit -- good for watching kids at the pool. I was looking at the Heirloom lace series (which I ordered in during a flight of fancy) -- there are several of those that would be perfect in the kingfisher. And...still considering the Diamond Fantasy Shawl -- imho, it's a good, open, airy, cool project for silk in the summer. Especially with beads like Cara did. Oh, and a purple cashmere peacock shawl (Fiddlesticks)? Smashing. So many shawls, so little time.

I think you should go for the gusto and co for the long shawl. It would be amazing!

Is there anyway to avoid the grafting in the stole? Maybe do a provisional cast on, but then just repeat the instructions for the FIRST border, the one that's NOT supposed to be grafted on?

I don't think anything is beyond your capability, really. It will require a lot of concentration and commitment and might be intimidating -- and those things might get in the way -- but I know you're capable!

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you are just plain talking crazy if you think that something is beyond you. Of course you can do it! and it does sound like that's the one you really want to do - go for it Margene!!

I'm still searching for my Amazing Lace project but I'll go for something simple due to my limited lace skills. You are so talented though, that I'm sure you could do anything - even the scary-sounding Halldorsdottir shawl. Yarn-wise I vote for the Aubergine baby silk because the color is so deep and rich.

Ditto what Ann said. What a bummer about your posting and commenting Typepad issues. I haven't had any trouble.

Oh, Margene, your Kingfisher blue laceweight from New Zealand bears a striking resemblance to the Helen's Lace I am using for the Mountain Peaks shawl! Because I am a genius (/sarcasm), I have misplaced the wrapper, so I can't remember the actual shade name, but it's less royal blue, more teal/turquoise than your Kingfisher. I had originally planned to knit this using a dark purple laceweight merino from Knit Picks, and I might do so yet, but I have to say that this knits up brilliantly in blue; the stitches are easy to see and it looks magnificent when you hold it up in sunlight.

And I agree with everybody else: you are utterly capable of the long Halldorsdottir shawl. I say go for broke; should your energy or spirits flag, just let me know, and I'll send you some preserves-based therapy. ;)

I would love to see the long shawl knitted up, but I think the Mountain Peaks shawl would be gorgeous in the blue merino, too.

I want a big ass big and beautiful too. Ann and I are thinking about the Irish Diamond Shawl in Folk Shawls. Big. Check. Ass. Check. Beautiful. Check.

You know I'm a sucker for those Diamonds. I have to check out the Halldórsdóttir book too.

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Oh, remember how I lusted after that rectangular shawl! I have a huge-ass stash of J&S cobweb and I may make either that rectangular shawl or the Forest Path Stole in an old IK. Want to knit the same thing and challenge each other??? ;)

;) I vote Mim's shawl for the Amazing Lace Knit-Along (which I may have to join!), but then maybe I'm biased. I loved knitting it.

Decisions decisions - I'm trying to decide what to do for the Amazing Lace myself but I think it will be something more yarny and garmenty - this Mountain Stream will last a while and I certainly don't need two filmy projects OTN at the same time. heh Whatever you choose will be absolutely stunning - I know that. :)

I'm in the same boat for the Amazing Lace! I have a cone of black wool/cashmere or a hank of Helen's Lace in black purl - so I'm looking for something that uses about 1100 yards of laceweight but won't break this lace novice's brain...

Lovely lace yarn. I haven't touched my Helen's Lace shawl in ummm 8 months. More CeCe photos, I am getting ready to start for the third time. Those pesky stitch counts get messed up.

Um, isn't Mim's Mountain Peaks also a different pattern on every row?

I think the blue is a good choice for Mountain Peaks.

I get SO excited whenever anyone pulls out the Great Icelandic Shawl Book. :-) I haven't yet dared to knit anything from it myself, but I aspire to! So I hope you'll go with that one, even though it's so complex. It would make great blog-theatre. ;-)

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