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Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Secret of Chrysopolis swatch

I'm just not up there with cool names for my posts, am I? Anyway, here's the swatch, on 3.5 mm needles as suggested, using Malabrigo laceweight in Verde Adriana colour 117.

I've measured it (vaguely!). It's supposed to be 10cm for 3 repeats wide (it's 13cm) and 10cm for 5 repeats tall (it's 9cm for 3 repeats). Do I care? I think the stocking stitch areas may be a bit too open, so I might swap to 3.25mm without further swatching; we'll see how it looks and feels when dry. I might see what Brenda reckons when she comes to stay.

The colour is more accurate in the brighter, unblocked shot, and the stripes are a little less obvious in the flesh, as it were. They'll change with a larger stole, anyway - this is only 29 stitches wide!

secret of chrysopolis swatch

secret of chrysopolis swatch blocking

Other than this, I've been a bit stuck with my knitting. I didn't do any while I was in Wales last week, too busy, and too much wet paint and small sticky kids. I have planty on the go, though I am keen to start on something with the lovely speckled Koigu P70726 sent by Selma. I need to go to work, so no pics of that now. I'm thinking about Pomatomus, I think that would show off the beautiful deep speckles floating in the muted background rather well. (See Wanderlustlost's version, if you're in Ravelry). On the other hand, I had also thought of this for some bamboo sock yarn I have. Hmmmmmm.


RooKnits said...

My MS3 is on 3.25mm needles... so I reckon that would definitely make the SS a bit less gappy when blocked.
I spent the evening looking at sock patterns when I got home - I have always wanted to make Pomatomus and have some great semi-solids which I need to wind into a ball tonight.. and on the train this morning I started Spiral socks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spiral-socks-2 with some of my Yarn Yard stash....
Tonight I shall be reading up on steeks. I reckon it is the way to go.

kathryn said...

I missed this knitalong - it looks lots of fun and I love the yarn you've chosen. Green's my thing atm!

Are you going to the NEC for the Knitting and Stitching in a fortnight?

Maria said...

How beautiful! A perfect use for that yarn. Where do you find such beautiful KALs?

Then again, I'm still stuck on tiny things like baby booties and hats at the moment.

Selma said...

So this is the new Mystery Stole project? Will the clues be in German, or English, or both? I'm loving that Malabrigo lace-weight. What a color. And I think the speckled Koigu would be perfect for the Pomatomus socks.

Anonymous said...

The stockingnette bits in that stretched out picture do look a bit loose. My view of swatching lace is not to match the pattern gauge but to get a fabric you like the density of. I think your plan is a good one.

When Brenda visits let he know that we'll be over at Christmas and she can try again to visit. After all her troubles last time.

kathryn said...

I'm going to the NEC on Saturday afternoon too! My ticket is on its way!

Look forward to meeting you ....