Monday, December 05, 2005

Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole: Finished!

First of all, THANK YOU everyone for your kind words about Berkshire Breeze. I am considering my options for the pattern. But I am also very busy right now, both with regular work and knitting work. I have landed another knitting job and that is taking precedence over everything starting tomorrow. So, you probably won't see anything on the pattern front until January at the earliest.

And now, on to the good stuff:

I like my new blanket! says Scout

Pattern: Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole from Scarf Style
Finished size: 24 inches x 73 inches blocked (20-ish inches and 63-ish inches, unblocked)
Yarn: SWTC Karaoke in color 281 (Bloom colorway) 11 balls
Needles: US size 9
Cat: Scout
Modifications: Because Karaoke has a smaller gauge than the suggested yarn has, I added a repeat to insure that the stole would be wide enough. I also knit more tiers than what was written in the pattern to get the length I wanted. I omitted the fringe because I want this to be a "casual" stole and the fringe seemed to make it dressy.
What I love:
1)
Once washed, the fabric has an incredible drape.
2) The gradual color change of the yarn yielded single-color rectangles. I have only one rectangle that has an abrupt color change. That was where I changed from the first ball of yarn to the second ball. After that, I made sure to match the colors when adding a new ball.
3) warm and cozy and nifty looking
What I don't love:
1) It has mistakes. *gasp* Here is a mistake that happened when picked up too many loops when I was picking up stitches. Normally, the crazy perfectionist in me will force me to fix all of my mistakes. But laddering down is not an option in entrelac, and correcting mistakes that happened the tier below requires a lot of ripping out and reknitting. On three occasions I was too lazy to make the corrections. On other occasions, I was obsessive enough to rip out as much as two tiers of knitting in order to correct a single mistake.
2) It a bit longer than I wanted it to be.
3) I am incapable of capturing the true colors of the stole with my camera. It is much more richly colored than it appears in these photos.

17 comments:

Jacqui said...

That is absolutely beautiful! And the pic with Scout should be on a magazine cover! lol

Pumpkinmama said...

Its wonderful, I love it!

monkeemaven said...

*tauntingly*
hahahaha other commenters! i get to pet it and YOU DON't!

:)

Gorgeous! Scout has excellent taste in nests, as always.

Laura said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And you clearly love that cat to bits, to let Scout bathe on Lady Eleanor. :)

Jennifer said...

The Lady is so beautiful!

Meredith said...

Gorgeous! And just in time for the cold weather. ;)

amylovie said...

She's gorgeous!

Cordelia said...

Ohhhhh...
So gorgeous...
I love the color combination, even in its "incorrect" presentation.
Yummy.

Joanna said...

Wow, that looks so elegant and cozy!

turtlegirl76 said...

Gorgeous. I just got my copy of Scarf Style yesterday and Lady Eleanor certainly caught my eye. Yours turned out great!

Agnes said...

Even though what your answer would be, I still want to ask ... can I have the stole? Please ... it is beautiful! Okay, maybe not the stole ... but can I have the cat please? Scout is soooo cute! ;)

Mtwelovett said...

It is beautiful, and Scout seems to enjoy it. congratulations on having the patience to complete it, that would probably have remained a UFO at my house. :D

Anonymous said...

I think the understated colors look really good with the pattern. And you did the right thing, not adding fringe. How awesome it looks!

- MJ

Bufanditas said...

Yours is a lot nicer than the one shown in the book. I love it.

Milinda said...

Absolutely lovely, the colors are so subtle and dreamy. Great job, it's on my list for this year! Scout looks entirely too comfy there, LOL

minniedent said...

Very pretty. :) You've insprired me to do mine in Karaoke.

Vegasknitter said...

After seeing you're lady eleanor in karaoke, I decided to do mine in karaoke as well! Thank you.