Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Forest Path Stole







I knit the stole for a very dear friend of mine. It was a swap we agreed on. I had tried to knit it a while back when the original pattern was published in Interweave Knits magazine. It had mistakes, I did not like the yarn and ended up ripping it.
This time around the pattern worked out perfect. I did panic because I ran out of yarn way before I had finished the edges. Ended up having to rip the top triangles and two tiers. I was convinced it was going to be pillow case size. I should have known better, it is Suri Alpaca and we know alpaca grows forever, plus lace blocks beautifully. Those two combined and it came out to 70 x 26 inches. It is still wet and you might see the wet spots on the pictures. But I could not wait!



This is when I ran out of yarn. My feet for reference.

Specs:
Cherry Hills Suri alpaca 3 skeins. A tiny bit left over.
Pattern: Forest Path Stole from Best of Interweave Knits Book
Six stitch holders or as my friend calls them: hair rollers.
Two DPNs size 3 with Yorkie rubber bands on the tips to avoid loosing stitches
Started: February, 2008
Finished: April 2008
Including the ripping time. It took for ever to rip, the yarn is very fragile and hairy.

12 comments:

m1k1 said...

What a delightful pattern and so beautifully knit. Almost makes me think I want a shawl after all.
I hate the fear of running out of yarn.
How wonderful you are to rip that back and finish it for your friend.

jen

fleegle said...

Magnificent! Your friend is very lucky :)

I have the pattern...someday I will get around to it.

Dorothy said...

Oh this is so beautiful! I am so impressed by lace projects like this, I couldn't imagine knitting something that large and beautiful. I've managed a couple of lace scarves and find following the patterns is very hard work. I'm very interested to see you used alpaca, and your comments on working with this yarn as I haven't tried it myself, but it looks so lovely that I am tempted.

Margene said...

That is one gorgeous shawl. It's a true accomplishment and will be a lovely and generous gift.

Leigh said...

You mean to say that you knit that mouth wateringly gorgeous stole in about three months!?!?! It would take me three years (times three, times three, times three...)

Tan said...

That's one of the best shawl patterns of all time. It's beautiful. You want to knit another one, don't you ???

Sue said...

Beautiful! I so have to knit this. I've got the book on my wishlist....

Lorette said...

That is indeed magnificent! Congratulations on finishing it; I haven't seen many of these that actually ever were completed.

Romi said...

It is just lovely! I can already imagine Junie all snuggled up in it. :) Perfect!

Jane said...

That is really outstanding! I love the look of that pattern and your stole is perfect!

jackie said...

OH MY!!!!! That is so amazingly beautiful! I am in awe!

junie said...

Good Heavens that is gorgeous. I can't believe it. Won't I look snazzy in that shawl at the concert this year? Wow, I will have to buy a dress! Or a lovely skirt - because I don't own either. That will teach me to grow out of my clothes. Maybe I will just go in the shawl...ala the Oregon shawl advertisements.(just kidding) Thank you dear. I love you.
junie