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Karen, a blogless friend from SLC - Stitch 'n Bitch, knit one of the most amazing pieces of knitting I have ever seen.  She was kind enough to allow me to share it with you via this blog.  The rich color of green just wouldn't show up in our usual setting of the mountains, so we took a trip to the Great Salt Lake Saturday afternoon.  The colors of sand and water were a good backdrop for her exquisite accomplishment. 

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We couldn't stop there, so Sunday we made a trip up to Silver Lake and captured a couple more good photos (after breakfast, of course).

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Karen wrote this about her experience of knitting this stole:

This stole is amazing.  I look at it and am actually amazed that I knit it.  When the pattern first came out, I was a relatively new knitter and thought, "Wow! I would love to be able to make this someday."  After this accomplishment, I feel I can knit anything.  The pattern is incredibly well written.  I wish there were more patterns like it.  I  loved knitting Forest Path (with the minor exception of the semi-tedious bordersat the end). 
The soft green reminds me of the woods in Michigan where I grew up.  The delicate patterns kept me interested and entertained without being overly complicated.  I learned a tremendous amount knitting this as well.  I had never knit entrelac or used cobweb weight yarn.  Now I don't want to knit lace with anything much thicker than cobweb. The effect is so ethereal, like wearing a wisp of cloud about your shoulders.

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Pattern: Interweave Knits Summer 2003 - Forest Path Stole
Desinger: Faina Letoutchaia
Yarn: From the eBay store ColourMartUK, it is 100% cashmere lace weight (cobweb) in samphire.  I used a 1 pound cone and have a couple of hundred yards left.
Needle: Size 3 US
Time to Knit: First of June to first week in August 2006

Karen is the creator of Sleeping Dragon Yarn and designed the Dancing Lady Socks in Knitty's Summer issue.

Comments

Yum... a gorgous stole in cashmere no less. I had this pattern on my list of shawls I want to make (I acquired that IK Mag issue for that pattern) but after seeing it on this blog I may have to bump up the priority to the top of my list. Karen, you should be so proud of your FO - it's lovely. Sue

Please pass on to Karen how wonderful and beautiful this is! You are an angel to brave lightening storms and sheets of rain out driving around for a photo shoot. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

Very gorgeous, worth every stitch, and picture, worthy of the setting. Thanks for the many views.

I have loved that pattern since it came out. This is the best finished one I've seen.

Wow. Pretty much sums it up!

that is just astonishing. bravo!

Gorgeous. I've been in love with that stole since I first saw it last year and I finally found my perfect yarn for it and cast on a few weeks ago. I am impressed with anyone that finishes it because it is not a quick knit. Karen seriously needs to start a blog of her own so we can see more of her work!

Oh my word! I never thought much of the Forest Path Stole until this very moment. I think it's the color--in white it doesn't move me, but in green, it suddenly makes perfect sense. What exquisite taste Karen has!

I LOVE the photo session. If I had a finished stole like that, I would dance, too! :-)

Gorgeous. I don't take on lace projects very often but that looks like one worth knitting.

Karen I think you've got a great thing going on here - keep knitting and designing this great stuff (I must knit those socks!) and have Margene blog about it for you - the best of both worlds!! This is a beautiful stole - all lace impresses me. Stunning lace designs and well written patterns impress me even further - what a great way to thank the designer - these pictures are wonderful!

No matter where we are today, I grew up in Eaton Rapids - we're nearly neighbors. :)

That is gorgeous. Thanks for the pictures! Maybe I'll make one of those someday.

It is absolutely gorgeos. Beautiful work Karen :)

I don't even know what to say. It's breathtaking.

Perfection!

I think that must be the most gorgeous shawl I have ever seen!

That is absolutely beautiful...I echo every wonderful comment, it is completely breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!

Absolutely breathtaking. Amazing job Karen!

Thanks for sharing with us:)

Wow, the stole is truly amazing!
And great pictures too Margene.

The pattern can also be found at The Alpaca Yarn Company in the Suri Elegance section. I like the cashmere version better, I think - the fuzziness of the alpaca obliterates the delicate stitches too much.
http://www.thealpacayarnco.com/Suri%20Elegance%20Patterns.htm

Absolutely gorgeous!

Incredible, beautiful, amazing! And the photos! You know those are my favorite kind of photos: gorgeous scenery, real model, beautiful knit. Love it all!

Wow. The stole is amazing. Wow.

Hi Margene and Karen!

Totally AMAZED and in AWE!!! So beautiful and Karen's knitting is fabulous. Can't believe she was a relatively new knitter! Photo composition is wonderful Margene! Looking NOW for Interweave summer 2003 issue! I love this pattern :-)

Thanks for sharring with us Karen!!

Happy Knitting!

Stunning! What an accomplishment.

Wow. That is beautiful. Gorgeous, even. I have to say I am floored at how fast you finished it, I know some women who are taking years(!) to get it done. I love the color, and cashmere!!!!!

Wow. That is an inspiration, for sure. And Karen looks beautiful right along with the stole! Thanks for posting this, Margene. I don't know when I'll make it back to SnB, so I was afraid I'd miss the whole thing.

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