Tell me that you all have experienced the Magical Knitting Project. You know. That project that, as you’re working on it, seems interminable, or impossible, or that it is no way going to turn out as well as you hope, and then, magically (with sparkles!) it is finished and fabulous and lovely.
This Print o’ the Wave stole was one such Magical Knitting Project for me. I kept working on it, and chugging along, and then getting distracted by other projects and work deadlines and putting this down. I felt like I was constantly fighting the first half—I couldn’t get into a rhythm with the pattern, so I constantly had to keep looking at it and working around mistakes (an important note, these are mistakes that I made and are not the fault of the designer or the pattern itself, because I totally rocked the second half of this stole).
Finally, it reached the point that I just Could. Not. Stand. having it linger as an unfinished object anymore. It’s actually a quite easy pattern, and I knew that I could finish it quickly if I just sat down and knit, and so I buckled down and churned it out, and well…
That’s some purty magic right there. (Also pretty is my friend Nicole, who graciously agreed to be my model for this project, as I did not want to spend 5 hours trying to fiddle with my self-timer and a lack of a tripod.) I think it’s amazing. I’m busy plotting all kinds of outfits with which to wear it, and I think it may get its “public debut” when I travel to the Lone Star State very soon to visit a few of my knitting friends.
A few notes about the pattern and my project:
Project page on Ravelry
Pattern: Print o’ the Wave Stole by Eunny Jang (free!)
Yarn: Tricoterie’s Merino-Tencel lace in the Forks colorway An important note: The pattern and pattern page in Ravelry both indicate that you can make this stole, as is, in laceweight yarn in about 800 yards. This is wrong. There are other people who discovered this before me, but I didn’t discover their notes until I’d run out of yarn, so don’t be a dunce like me. I had to finish the lace edge with another yarn that I had in my stash, some Kaalund Yarns Classic Two (but I haven’t remembered to figure out how much of that yarn I used).
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Modifications: I didn’t make any intentional modifications aside from having to use a different yarn to finish it. I would suggest, if you’re limited on yardage, to do fewer repeats of the center panels. The pattern calls for 17 repeats of the center panel, but as you can see, this stole comes out quite large; Nicole and I are about the same height (5’8″ish) and the finished, blocked stole is at least 6′ long, if not closer to 6’6″. You could easily get away with only doing 14 repeats of each side of the center panel and probably finish the whole thing in under 900 yds of yarn. I can’t stress that “probably” enough.
I have plans for some upcoming blog posts, and I thought I’d list them out here as both a reminder for myself and an opportunity for anyone to chime in with things they might want to hear about first (or hear about, period).
- Book reviews. I’ve got a ton of knitting books and in an effort to get myself to look through them all thoroughly (as opposed to the “ooh shiny” version that I did before, which prompted me to pick up the book and bring it home with me) as well as hopefully maybe weeding some out of my collection, I figured I could share my opinions about said books.
- My Boteh scarf (which I keep wanting to call a “bokeh” scarf). Should probably block that out.
- Holiday gift-knitting, but perhaps more importantly, holiday gift-receiving (aka, a list of things to hand out to your dearly beloveds, in hope that they will actually gift you things useful to the pursuit of knitting; you’re on your own if you’re going to ask for a car or new pair of roller skates).
- Progress notes on my Loop Entrelac Tank, specifically my attempts at working out entrelac to get a fabric that I like.
- …various and sundry tings that I should write down as soon as I remember what they were.