This shawl is ethereal. The kid mohair/silk combination is so soft and light as a feather. It feels like a downy wrap. My very best wishes for the future of the bride and groom are knit into this piece. (Photo of the bride pending the wedding August 2010).
11 Delica beads used on the Yucca repeats. They are silver lined, crystal clear - made by Miyuki. So far they look lovely, like dew drops twinkling on a spider web in the early morning. The halo on the Elann Silken Kydd yarn is amazing. This shawl needs to be ready for the wedding at the end of August. A nice light shawl to keep the chill away and to compliment the bride’s beautiful wedding dress.
Size 10 Delica Beads used on the Transition repeats, Agave repeats, Final Agave & Edge Chart.
I’m still using the wire/bead threader I developed to drop beads where required. The wired is stainless steel from a bundle of electrical wiring my hubby had laying around.
As suggested by another Aeolian knitter, I now use a plastic ‘safety pin’ (made by Clover) to corral the nupps. I did find a less expensive version of the Clover plastic safety pins at Wal-Mart somewhere. Another benefit to doing this, is that the pins are a great marker for the purl side and ensures all the loops of the nupps are knit together! Loss of a loop makes for sloppy nupps! …and there are 48 of them on row 27 of the Alternative Narrow Edging. One eyelet. Knit picks also has inexpensive plastic safety pins.
To keep the cat/kid/knitting needles from getting tangled in the lace, I keep the whole caboodle in a Ziploc bag (pic #4). I poke the knitting needles through the plastic, zip the bag closed, all without worry of a tangled mess. The knitting is snag free and clean as it is tossed about in my work bag.
On to the fifth ball of yarn so that I can cast off the 945 stitches with a double strand of yarn. Total weight (beads and all): 128 grams. Yarn left over: 13 grams