The yarn is one of FA's "extras" -- Leba, it's called -- and I snagged two balls of it last time I was out at Wool'N'Things in Orleans. Thanks to Gisele, the shop's owner, for pointing me to an almost-unpacked box of Fleece Artist that had just come in; for truly, this yarn was a joy to knit. I won't go on and on about the colours (having already done that in a previous post, and there are really only so many adjectives in the English language), and I believe I've already discussed this yarn's peculiarities, which include:
- Extreme gorgeousness
- Warmth -- you don't mix wool and mohair and not wind up with a seriously warm blend
- More gorgeousness
- An absolutely severe case of amnesia, combined with no sense of direction -- this yarn couldn't remember where you put it if you issued it with a compass and a map, which made it, uh, challenging to repair any errors involving stitches falling off the needles
- An apparent unwillingness to play nicely with others, in the sense of all the stitches lying down and co-operating together -- but I hoped that this trait would improve with some serious blocking
- Different ancestry, in the sense that one skein seemed to have had more mauve DNA mixed with the burgundy, while the other had more russets and browns. I solved this, if you will recall, by creating a buffer zone between the two halves -- for about eight inches, I alternated skeins, two rows at a time, until I finally ran out of Skein A, and then I merrily continued with Skein B until the very end of the stole.
Leba -- before blocking
Readers, I was not disappointed. As I stretched the damp fabric over my usual high-tech blocking apparatus (I use those squishy foam tiles found in daycares and toddlers' play-rooms across the land, and then just pin my stuff down as tightly as possible), the stitches blossomed open, and the true beauty of the lace, and the colours, revealed themselves fully. I kept calling my family members to come and witness this extraordinary event, but oddly, after the initial, "Yeah, Mum/Karen, that looks great," they wandered off and could not be coaxed anew.
Leba -- after blocking, but it was about -474C outside this morning, and frankly, standing on my front porch in my Birkenstocks and PJs, snapping shots of a piece of knitted lace hung over the railing, just did not work for me. I don't care how great early morning pre-sunrise light is alleged to be. It's too damn cold.
Hence the blurry image and total lack of artistic merit in this shot.
However, you can at least see how the stitched opened up.
Now, let's get reasonable and go back indoors, shall we?
Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. Talking about my family, the Philistines.
Never mind, O Beautiful Stole of Mine, I adore you wholeheartedly. You are probably the single most elegant thing I've ever knitted, and I will wear you with pride.
You stretched out from a mere 14" x 70" to about 22" x 108", just the right length to toss on over my shoulders and secure with a shawl pin, which is exactly what I am doing today.
In fact, I'd probably wear you every single day for the rest of my life, except that eventually I would become known as "that crazy woman who wears the lace blanket and growls when you try to pry it off her." Plus, while it's winter right now, and your warmth is very much appreciated, I suspect you might be a little de trop, come summertime.
But never fear. You and I will become even better friends, and you'll get worn a lot, and don't let any of my other knitted garments try to tell you otherwise. They're all just jealous, because you are the most magnificent of them all.
And that's the truth. Phhhffffftttttb.
Basic stole stats are as follows:
Yarn -- Leba by Fleece Artist -- a mohair, wool, and nylon blend. I bought two skeins, which had an unbelievably generous yardage. The yarn bills itself as a "light DK," but I'd call it a sportweight at most. Two plies, not especially tightly spun or plied.
Needles -- 4.5mm, but could have gone up if I'd wanted to, or had those needles available that day.
Pattern -- Cambria Wrap, a freebie I found on Ravelry and have had in my queue for ages now, awaiting the correct combination of yarn and motivation
Started -- January 7, 2009
Finished -- January 25, 2009