Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Glutton for Punishment

Remember this bit of gorgeousness?

photo of Aeolian shawl from Knitty, Spring 2009

Aeolian, that's it.

Yep, that's it on the needles. Yarn is Jamieson & Smith's 2-ply fingering Shetland wool; I had scored several skeins at $2 a skein when LYS decided to discontinue it (that's how I got the green Shetland for Old Shale shawl too; I bought everything LYS had). Naturally, I needed to supplement, so I wouldn' run out, but still, not a big expense. Beads are size 6/0 seed beads by Miyuki, in color Metallic Antique Rose-Lined Clear (what a mouthful; so glad I could order by number, it's 2601 in case anyone wants to see them on a bead site).

Speaking of beads, I learned that my favorite vendor of Miyuki beads, Teri Ann at Foxden designs, decided to cal it quits late last year. She'll be missed. I'd like to give a shout-out to a new vendor, the Bead Boutique of Naples. Very pleased with their selection and customer service: inexpensive shipping charges and no minimums to order.

As for Aeolian, I love it so far. I'm sure I'll make another. Already I think I'll do the next one with beads on the edges only (boy, those beads weigh a lot when you have a few on every other row). Not sure about fiber; maybe I should let beads rule and find some spectacular beads to display along the agave pattern (the bolder pattern) and the edging. Do I need so many shawls? Does anyone?

DonnaLee, I solemnly swear I'll find my blocking wires and use them!


Donna Lee said...

I was never a fan of beaded knitting, until I tried it. I love the challenge of it and the finished look. I've never knit Aeolian but have admired it from afar.

As for the blocking wires, I don't know how you manage to block shawls without them. They're the one thing I won't lend my daughter since I am afraid I won't get them back!

Experimental Knitter said...

I misplaced mine; I've had a set for many years. I blocked Evenstar without them though; used a string to get the radii correct and pinned out from the center.
As I wrote, I have to find my set to block Aeolian correctly. The edging makes the pattern.

Celia said...

That looks beautiful! I don't have any blocking wires, but I should get some.

Henya said...

It is beautiful!
And there is no limit on shawls. If there was I would be in big, big trouble!