8. April 2011 08:21
You might have noticed the swatch under Grampy's Scissors in the post on Monday... What WAS that anyways? Well... it is the latest Angora swatch... testing out some lovely traditional Estonian designs from a book I bought recently Haapsalu Shawl by Siiri Reimann. The book itself is amazing! It isn't exactly a step-by-step pattern book, more an anthology of wonderful traditional patterns and motifs. Drool Drool.
The yarn (or dare I say "Thread") is a soft blend of "Blue" English Angora fiber (from my "Private" supplier *wink wink*) and some Handpainted Seasilk Top that I've been tiptoing around in my stash. The Seasilk is dyed in Blues and Purples, reminiscent of lazy purple sunset clouds and the color of perfect faded blue jeans. When mixed with the Angora, the result is a very light, very soft hand, and a delightful muted purple tone.
To give you an idea of size... this swatch was knitted on 2 mm needles, with the light 2-ply laceweight, and still looks quite airy! The blocked piece is around 4 inches by 5.25 inches. Not very large, but full of movement, and very light and drapy.
The motif featured is a variation of "Lily of the Valley" - with lots of nice Nupp stitches (basically little bobbles) interspersed with lacy YO loops, and an alternating Maple Leaf. I worked these nupps with 5x wraps, but I think if I actually go forward with this I might do 7x or 9x just to make them extra full and textured.
My goal is to choose a traditional pattern and make a classic Haapsalu shawl from my own Ruttiger Fuzzybutt fiber... complete with a sewn on border, and the proper Haapsalu dimensions. I'm guessing I will need somewhere around 1500 yards of thread to accomplish such a project, but that shouldn't be a big deal if I can finalize my fiber blend. I'm not sure how much the thread will fuzz up, or whether that fuzzing will obscure the lace and the nupps. I plan on abusing the swatch a little and then I'll gauge from there if the yarn will serve the purpose.