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Giniger
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Posted - 03/20/2006 :  2:14:56 PM  Show Profile Send Giniger a Private Message
It's the same old love story - something about one yarn among many catches my eye... perhaps the tiny glint of silver in the blue, perhaps its incredible softness or its "drapey" feel in my hand

Anyway, I fell in love with Filatura di Crosa Zara yarn at a LYS in CT and bought it with only the most vague of projects in mind - a shawl for a girlfriend of mine who loves to sail. I looked around a bit for a pattern that would remind me of water (the color is a fantastic steely blue - very like the ocean to my eye). I ended up frogging about half of a ball's worth of a rippled shawl pattern I found online. I have checked some obvious sites - Knitty.com among them ("Cozy" looks nice; has anyone done it?), but I have not found a pattern I really love for this yarn.

Does anyone have a suggestion for me? I like a wrap-style shawl (rather than triangular), but I'm open. I just want to do this yarn - and my friend - justice!

Thanks! Gini

NaProus
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Posted - 03/20/2006 :  5:36:33 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
I absolutely love Zara, and have made a number of scarves with it in various colors.

If you're interested in a stole (another word for "wrap-style shawl") what you might want to do is to choose a wonderful lace stitch and just go with it. I've done a few stoles like that. Ideally, you could use a stitch that's reversible -- but you don't have to. My current favorite stitch is called "porcupine lace". I find it very meditative to knit. It isn't figurative, so you can imagine anything at all in it -- like the ocean!

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html
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Knitrageous
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Posted - 03/20/2006 :  6:16:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
Did you look at Jane's new shrug pattern? If you didn't sew the sleeves up it might could be a shawl/wrap. You'd have to ask her for sure. It's this thread at KR.
http://www.knittersreview.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=54252


~~~~Jamye

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Giniger
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Posted - 03/24/2006 :  5:11:53 PM  Show Profile Send Giniger a Private Message
Thanks for the advice - I have searched and searched and found a couple of things I like. Has anyone ever tried the "Lacy Riverine" pattern? Here is the link: (hoping it will work)

http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/a89.shtm

I'm an advanced beginner - never done any lace, but I'm willing to try...

Gini
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NaProus
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Posted - 03/24/2006 :  7:39:19 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
I haven't done that pattern, but it does look nice! And simple -- I'll bet it would definitely be within your grasp.


What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html
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ceecee
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Posted - 03/25/2006 :  06:28:16 AM  Show Profile Send ceecee a Private Message
Fiber Trends has several patterns that have ocean or water themes:

http://www.fibertrends.com/viewer/V4_shawls.html

Scroll down on the left and click on the pictures to see the Baltic Sea Stole and River Stole. The patterns in the triangular shawls like the Seascape and Shoalwater shawl can be adapted for a rectangular stole (the Shoalwater is a simple feather and fan pattern so you may not need their pattern for it).
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