March 12, 2009

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Laceafter More on Karen's shawl.

She used Lacey Lamb – that lovely laceweight wool with impossibly large amounts of yardage in each skein.  Karen reports that it "blooms" beautifully – just with knitting.

And if you look very closely, you might see a color variation up near the top.  Contrary to your first thought – that once again, my camera skills were less than expert – you are seeing a different dyelot.  Karen reports that she just grabbed two skeins off the shelf and didn't check the dyelot.  For shame!  Sometimes it doesn't matter – but sometimes it does – and now you can see why.  We always try to check when you are buying for a project – but checking dyelot is a good habit for every knitter and the more eyes the better!

Finally, although you can't really see them in the photo (it's that photographer again), this shawl features nupps – a design feature in many eastern European lace patterns that involves knitting and/or purling 6 or 7 stitches together.  Many a knitter has cursed this particular stitch and searched for a reliably simple way of completing it.  Karen says she has found a neat trick for painless nupps – and she's happy to share it.  Just stop in and ask her!

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