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Archive for September 6th, 2009

Knitting Progress: Sunset Stole

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Again, I’ve been on the road and needed knitting that did not require much focus. Lately, I have been taking the Sunset Square Stole with me (it named itself).

sunsetsquarestole

This is my mitered square project using Zauberball sockyarn. I am building the miters into diagonal lines, rather than attaching horizontally which is common.  I think it really accentuates the very long and gradual color changes in this amazing yarn.

The more I work with this yarn, the more I like it. It is soft but not weak. It is a “singles” (one ply only) but is neither spun too tight (scratchy/stiff) nor too loose (splits during decreases). It has nylon for extra strength. No doubt it is not as strong in socks as a multiple-ply yarn. However, the structure used allows this amazing color sequence. Totally worth any trade off!

I do not know if I would like socks with it on my size foot (US 6 narrow). I can not believe I would even complete one full color repeat on one sock. Maybe for a larger foot, that would not be an issue. If I were in the mood for coordinating-but-not-matching socks, that could still work.

As it is, I think all the colors are so beautiful I do not want to miss out on seeing any of them in the piece I knit. This is working well for my design plans right now.

I think I will need at least 2-1/2 to 3 balls of this yarn to make my stole (rectangular wrap). I’m not quite half way through the second ball right now, but I still enjoy the knitting.

I spent time on the porch on Sunday, recovering from a very-full, overpacked sort of Saturday. I knit some on this piece and some on a sock, and did some working-in of yarn ends on the sock as well.

Here is a shot of the beautiful stole in progress, on my wonderful-but-underused hammock. I got the hammock in Yucatan, Mexico when I was there with Brian in 1996. It’s a prized posession.