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09 June 2007 @ 16:09
Piece of Beauty  
I finally found a copy of the summer edition of Interweave Knits in Borders on Thursday lunchtime, and glanced through it at my desk during the afternoon. I was quite disappointed with the patterns, the only thing that caught my eye was the Montego Bay scarf, which looked like a perfect holiday project.

The pattern called for Handmaiden Sea Silk, which I've been dying to try for ages (I'm a sucker for yarns made with unusual things, and this one has seaweed in it!) but Get Knitted only had about three colourways in stock, and I temporarily forgot that Kangaroo also stock it. But then I remembered that during my browsing last week I'd come across Piece of Beauty, who sell 150g skeins of sea silk, which from photos and yardage looks identical to the Handmaiden stuff. So at 3pm on Thursday afternoon I ordered a skein, with a plaintive plea that I'd like it by Saturday if at all possible, as I wanted to take it away with me when I go on Sunday. Imagine my amazement when I arrived home last night and found it waiting for me on the doormat - she must have dropped everything and taken it straight to the post!

On opening the jiffy bag I found this

Which unwrapped to show this, beautifully wrapped in two layers of coordinating tissue. This is probably the most accurate photo in terms of colour.

It is absolutely gorgeous, 70% silk and 30% sea cell, with a gorgeous sheen to it. The colours are beautiful - this is the Rose Pearl colourway.

Despite having drunk half a bottle of wine earlier in the evening, I couldn't resist winding and starting it straight away, and by this morning I had this (not sure what happened to the colours on this one!)

It's a very easy lace pattern - just k2tog followed by a yarn over on the knit rows, and plain purl on the alternate rows. The diagonal is caused by starting the pattern on the third stitch on one pattern row, and the fourth stitch on the next. It's called fishnet lace. The result is reminiscent of the clapotis pattern, with slanting rows joined by horizontals, but is much easier. The silk is a little slippy, but it's manageable. The pattern stated US 8/5.5mm needles, so a fished out a bamboo pair which came free with a magazine a while ago. My Susan Bates knitchecker gauged them at just over 5.5mm, it's a pity I didn't look at the US equivalents on there, as that gives a 5mm needle as being the same as a US8. So I'm using needles about a size and a half bigger than recommended, which is probably why it's coming out wider than the pattern states. But this isn't a bad thing, it'll be more of a stole than a scarf, and I like stoles. It's very drapy, so it'll be okay as a scarf as well.

I even like the back of the knitting, especially the waviness of it.

I'm taking it away with me, it'll be perfect for doing whilst sitting in the sun (if the sun shines, I don't have huge amounts of luck with holiday weather) so hopefully it'll be finished in a week or so.
Current Mood: busy
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minniemollknits on 9th June 2007 17:07 (UTC)
It's very lovely indeed, I can't resist playing with it. Especially with such an easy lace pattern - it cries out 'just another two rows' every time I try to put it down....
knitfish on 9th June 2007 17:39 (UTC)
So beautiful! I have an ache of longing for that yarn! The way it came all done up in tissue is fabulous :-)
debodacious on 9th June 2007 17:51 (UTC)
That is very beautiful.
mimmimmim on 10th June 2007 06:33 (UTC)
Oh, gorgeous, gorgeous thing!

I have to learn to pick up sistechs to complete my current project, which is why it isn't finished. :(
callmemadam on 10th June 2007 08:18 (UTC)
Full of admiration, as usual. (Thank you, btw.)
minniemollknits on 10th June 2007 08:44 (UTC)
The least I could do. Look after yourself.

(Anonymous) on 11th June 2007 16:43 (UTC)
De-lurking to say thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of Piece of Beauty and her gorgeous yarns. I have just put in an order for some of the seasilk-alike - to join the other seasilk in my stash!
(Anonymous) on 20th June 2007 14:49 (UTC)
That is seriously gorgeous yarn and such a beautiful colour. I can't wait to see the finished scarf.
(Anonymous) on 30th June 2007 16:28 (UTC)
Lovely, Lovely scarf.
I have been looking for this magazine for ages now purposely because yours looks so great.
I cannot find it so will have to make it from looking at your blog.
The yarn you chose compliments it beautifully.
knitty, witty, woo.
minniemollknits on 30th June 2007 18:45 (UTC)
It's very easy! If you have any problems, email me - minniemoll@livejournal.com will get to me.
coughingbear on 25th October 2007 16:57 (UTC)
I've been meaning to ask for ages if you could give me the basics of this pattern, as I've got some pink silk I picked up in the JL sale which I think would make a good drapey scarf. (I would try and buy the magazine, but it's not around anywhere I can find.)
minniemollknits on 25th October 2007 17:02 (UTC)
Here you go!

Cast on an odd no of stitches (the pattern uses 43)

purl one row.

k3, (k2tog, yo), rep to last 4 sts, k4


k4, (k2tog, yo, rep to last 3 sts, k3


repeat these four rows.

I used a lace cast on, and a stretchy bind off to make the ends flare out.
coughingbear on 25th October 2007 21:59 (UTC)
Brilliant, thank you so much!