Saturday, August 23, 2008

Laminaria

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Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman
Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino Wool (470 yards / 50 g per skein), 1.67 skeins of the color "Vaa"
US 3 (3.25 mm) Knitpicks circular needles

WARNING: This post doesn't contain very many words. My husband and I are packing for an impending move across the country, so I'm a little pressed for time, but thought I should try not to get too far behind in blogging my knitting projects.

In quick summary, this is a beautiful pattern and luscious yarn, and I'm quite happy with the results :)

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However, I went a little overboard with my decision to aim for a fairly dense fabric. I chose a US 3 needle, based on my tendency to knit rather loosely, and didn't swatch. Before blocking, the shawl looked tiny, and the lace looked way too dense, but luckily, it grew to a nice shoulder shawl size - I'll try to get photos of it on at some point, so you can see - with a firm blocking.

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With the somewhat variegated yarn, I do wish the lace was a little more open in general, though I love the density of the border:

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Close-ups of the other stitch patterns:

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...And here's some Bug cuteness for you (with the shawl pre-blocking, as you may notice):

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Also, I was very fortunate to win Angie's recent blog contest prize: 2 skeins of beautiful alpaca/merino sock yarn from the Natural Dye Studio. Isn't it lovely?

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Bye for now!

29 comments:

Angie said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! The yarn, the pattern, the needle size... it all works beautifully. (and so flattering on little Bug!)

Good luck with the move. You have my sympathies. :)

Christie said...

Moving...UGH! I hope everything goes smoothly.

The shawl looks great. What a lovely color...especially on the cat.

Jeannie said...

It's beautiful! I like how dense it is. That makes it look so cozy. Good luck on the move!

Tammy said...

I saw this on Ravelry... it's gorgeous!

ccr in MA said...

Wow, that's beautiful!

And it really goes with Bug's eyes, too.

Disentangled said...

very beautiful! and good luck for your move!

Thea said...

gorgeous! And that color is beautiful too. Good luck with the move cross country - you've timed it well to miss winter, huh?

YarnSnob said...

another beautiful piece of work! Awww Bugs! you're so handsome

Lin said...

What a beautiful shawl. I hope the move goes Ok and the cats cope!

Alison said...

Lovely Laminaria. Best wishes for your move!

Madge said...

Good luck with your move! Always exciting to do, eh?

Pretty shawl! I've been eyeing that Vaa color on Webs....

SJ said...

It's gorgeous! I may have to give that pattern a second look.

Good luck with your move! We only moved across town, but it was a pain (I think moving always is). I hope it goes as smoothly as possible.

Ella said...

More like Yuminaria. Holy cow. Those colors are gorgeous!

So... if you're in the northeast, and you're moving across the country, you must be moving to the southwest? As in, my neck of the woods? That would ROCK.

Good luck with the move...

Bryony Ramsden said...

That's just beautiful! I love the shades of blue and green in it!

BTW, I tagged you for an award, but no rush - good luck with the move first!

elizabeth said...

Gorgeous! I love that color!

Beth said...

Holy keerap! BEAUTIFUL. And bonus Bug pics to boot. I've moved across the country and back again many times and I never enjoyed it ... not once. I hope your experience is completely the opposite -- wonderful and amazing.

Emily said...

Beautiful! Such a great color, and I love the Bug photos...he's such a tolerant model for a feline :)

Kara said...

So so lovely. Good luck with your move!

LizKnits said...

Another lovely project!

Meredith said...

Beautiful knit! I love the color.

Darcy knotty Knitter said...

It is an eye popper wowzers!!!
I just want to hug bug what cute pictures bug is a natural in front of the camera the pictures made my day:)hugs Darcy

Virtuous said...

Ooooh puuuurty!

Have a smooth move too!

del said...

Wow, how gorgeous! Hope everything goes well on your move...sounds like a big one.

muchadored said...

So so pretty! Good luck with the move :)

Laiane said...

Best wishes to you, your husband, Bug, and Moana for a smooth transition to your new home.

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schrodinger said...

Stunning!!!

Good luck with the move - not an enviable task.

wendy g said...

Beautiful shawl and the photo shoot(Bug included) is great. Good luck on the move.

Sunflowerfairy said...

Well?? Did you arrive safely??

How are you?