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Schleppenheimer
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USA
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Posted - 01/20/2009 :  2:06:29 PM  Show Profile Send Schleppenheimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Boy, have I hit the jackpot...

My son had the presence of mind to marry THE MOST WONDERFUL GIRL in the world recently, and they went on their honeymoon to Portland, Oregon. While there, they bought gifts for their parents (how many couples follow this tradition? I know I wasn't nice enough to do this for MY parents . . .), and they stopped into Knit/Purl yarn shop (just as it was closing . . . the wonderful proprietor asked "Is this a yarn emergency?" to which the lovely couple said "YES!") and bought me the most gorgeous skein of Happiest Girl Dyeworks sock yarn in the "unexpected" colorway. I am positively over the moon for this yarn -- it is gorgeous.

I am NOT a sock knitter, but I was thinking that this skein could make a lovely shawl or scarf -- knitted lace-type thing. I wonder about what patterns would be good for such colorful yarn -- showing off the color, but not obscuring the lace pattern? Any suggestions would be wonderful!

Kris

Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 01/20/2009 :  2:24:18 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Kris what a lucky lady you are. It sounds like your son found a keeper. Let us know what you decide to knit with the yarn.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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Shelia
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Posted - 01/20/2009 :  2:38:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There are a number of nice designs in the Lavish Lace book, and all are designed for variegated yarn. Another one that comes to mind is the Shoalwater Shawl, which is a Fiber Trends pattern. You didn't mention the yardage, but if you have at least 300-400 yards there are quite a few options.

What a nice gift!

Shelia
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ravelry name - sheliaknits
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Schleppenheimer
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USA
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Posted - 01/20/2009 :  2:58:24 PM  Show Profile Send Schleppenheimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I realized that I didn't put the yardage -- which is 462, for a 100 gram skein.

Thanks for the suggestions so far -- I'm off to look up the Lavish Lace book!

Kris
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Calamintha
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Posted - 01/20/2009 :  7:44:21 PM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It is sometimes difficult to find a good match of lace stitch with variegated yarn. I would recommend Feather and Fan or one of it's variations such as Crest o' the Wave. I've done some scarves and cowls with those and they are lovely. Otherwise I've tried a lot of other lace patterns and they always come out looking too busy and the lace pattern gets lost.
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Outdoorknitter
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USA
211 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2009 :  9:40:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Outdoorknitter's Homepage Send Outdoorknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You are a lucky Mother-in-law!

Heartstring's Ring of Lace (http://stores.localneedle.com/-strse-731/Heartstrings-Fiber-Arts-Knit/Detail.bok comes to my mind.



Joan
The Local Needle

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Schleppenheimer
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USA
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Posted - 01/21/2009 :  06:29:49 AM  Show Profile Send Schleppenheimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Joan -- I ordered the "Heartstrings Ring of Lace" pattern! That looks perfect!

Kris
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Calamintha
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Posted - 01/21/2009 :  07:12:51 AM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you use the Heartstrings pattern you'll want to go up a couple of sizes in needles because it's written for laceweight yarn. Also, I'd recommend doing a swatch in pattern to see whether the yarn is suitable. The color changes on sock yarn are usually shorter than hand dyed laceweight due to the fact that sock yarn is meant for knitting in smaller circumferences and may not make the same effect as in the pattern.
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Schleppenheimer
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USA
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Posted - 01/21/2009 :  12:05:13 PM  Show Profile Send Schleppenheimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, I was thinking about the difference between sock yarn and hand-dyed laceweight yarns. I will try the swatch to see how the colors are affected. Thanks for the advice!
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Wen
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Posted - 01/22/2009 :  02:28:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is what I am planning to make with my latest find of sock wool https://www.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=306024

Wen

2009 stats: 1 FO, 8 WIP, 0 frogpond.
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Schleppenheimer
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USA
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Posted - 01/22/2009 :  12:13:14 PM  Show Profile Send Schleppenheimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
oooooh, that cowl is pretty . . .
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Outdoorknitter
Chatty Knitter

USA
211 Posts

Posted - 01/22/2009 :  8:47:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Outdoorknitter's Homepage Send Outdoorknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Calamintha you are absolutely right. This is the 2nd time that I have 'thought' that that particular pattern called for a sock weight...in a matter of days.

Not paying attention and the only thing I have to blame is the inventory I've been taking!

I appreciate you pointing it out and perhaps I need a holiday, or two!
Joan

Joan
The Local Needle

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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 01/23/2009 :  03:38:49 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think Forest Canopy shawl uses about 320 yards and would work in a varigated yarn.
Sharon
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Catlover
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393 Posts

Posted - 01/23/2009 :  4:45:05 PM  Show Profile Send Catlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I made a Clapotis using sock yarn and a size 4 needle. I used a hand-dyed yarn and love the results. There have been many compliments. You can see a partial photo of it on my profile on Ravelry.
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Woollymama
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540 Posts

Posted - 01/24/2009 :  5:54:11 PM  Show Profile Send Woollymama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You raised a caring, good-hearted son, and your DIL is a gem.
The yarn is gorgeous:
http://www.knit-purl.com/Products/ProductDetail.php?Inventory_ID=Y20607-02&PHPSESSID=1a3fa496dae7031a71be4076586e91e1
To prevent pooling you could wind the yarn into a center-pull skein and knit alternating rows from each yarn end (one from the center, one from the outside of the skein), using circular needles.
You can knit shawls in heavier weights than lace weight and larger needles--you just need to swatch.

woollymama
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