Stole Happy

I’ve been on a stole kick lately. Seems like such a great convertible type of project – use it as a wrap with a sleeveless dress or top, or if you just aren’t feeling that fancy, bunch it up as a scarf! One of my recent stole knits is The Pebbly Lace Mesh Wrap by Krista Werbil. I wanted to wear this with that red strapless dress on a fall cruise. Besides one glaring mistake in the lace to keep me humble, I was happy with my work, but it’s no surprise that I found knitting with black laceweight yarn um… challenging. Okay, I was honestly ready to throw the dumb thing out the window a couple of times. The pattern is simple and straight forward, but struggling with that slippery, difficult to see yarn really tried both my eyesight and my patience. I felt pretty fed up with the entire project – until blocking. I’ve decided that the blocking of lace is absolute magic. When I took this difficult little black tangle off the blocking wires, it was transformed into a wispy piece of heaven that settled light as a feather on my shoulders. This one was truly worth all the trouble.

I wrote about my next stole, or at least the yarn for the stole, once before in A Cast On Quandary – What Would You Do? posted last January. The comments indicated that Juno Regina by Mirium Felton was the most popular pattern for that scrumptious handspun so I dutifully cast it on, and knit – and knit – and knit some more. Those lace ends work up super quickly, which gives you confidence that you’ll be able to whip this project right out, but that 40+ inch piece in the middle requires a little more devotion and persistence. If you’re willing to tuck it in your workbasket and take it on as a longer term project, this pattern will reward you handsomely with a versatile accessory. As a scarf or a stole, paired with a dress or a tee shirt, my handspun Juno is already a favorite.


I really do plan on weaving in that loose end.

Eventually. :-)

Mom

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4 Comments

  1. Posted November 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love them both, but am partial to the Juno Regina. I’m into making small things at the moment, but this might be a good one to put on my “want to make” list.

    • Mom
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Paula! I think I might make another Juno Regina in lace weight. Not black though! LOL!

  2. ChristianCrafter
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Julee~ You are stunnning, and your knitting ain’t bad either ;)

    • Mom
      Posted November 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      Awwww, thanks Tiffany! I try hard anyway. ;-)

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