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« on: January 08, 2007 08:32:48 PM »

So, my mother presented me with a wonderful surprise over Christmas.  She gave me six balls of Pingouin wool (I think it's called File' de laine, which I think is french for wool thread, so yarn.) in a delicious colorway full of teals and olive greens.

She bought this yarn while in Paris on her 10th anniversary with my dad, which makes this particular batch 21 years old!  Shocked

She has asked me to make her something with it, but I am scared sh*tless to screw up with this gorgeous yarn.  I want to make something beautiful and heirloom-quality and give it to her for Mother's Day or her birthday (June, so I have plenty of time for it!).

The yarn label says it's "chunky", but it definitely looks more like worsted or aran to me, and suggested needles are US 6-7.  I have six balls, each with 153 yards, so about 900 yards to work with.  I'm comfortable with cables and stitch patterns, and would rate myself a advanced intermediate level knitter, but I haven't done a lot of lace so I can't say for sure what level I'm at in that respect.

I don't think a sweater would be right, since I can't say her size for sure (and she's losing weight, so who knows where she'll be when I finish it).  I want to go for a wrap, or possibly an afghan, but I want something that will be timeless and classy.  She also doesn't dress up most of the time, so I think an afghan is probably my best bet.

Nevertheless, I am really psyched for my first major project of the new year, and would welcome any advice you guys have.
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2007 01:13:13 AM »

An afghan sounds great, and appropriately heirloom-ish. Will the 6 balls be enough for an afghan, though? How big are they? If it's not enough for an afghan, I'd say a shawl, either a pretty, elegant one or a big, cozy, mini-afghan one.

If the colorway of the yarn is on the complicated side/something you really want to show off, try to keep the stitch pattern simple. I know I always want to show off my knitting skills in things I make as gifts, but some yarns are better just speaking for themselves. Maybe a few simple cables, but keep it on the simple side, I'd say.

Good luck, you'll make something gorgeous with it, I'm sure. Can you post pictures of the yarn?  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2007 05:34:31 AM »

I've always wanted to make this scarf:

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_3520331,00.html

I think it would make a beautiful gift for your mom.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2007 06:02:15 AM »

A gorgeous lace shawl might be nice.
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2007 06:33:48 AM »

Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of 'chunky' lace, but how about entrelac. It looks impressive, would allow you to basically make a rectangle using all your yarn that could be a wrap, an afghan, throw or lap blanket depending on the size it ends up. Whatever you call it pretty, cosy, rectangles or knitting are always nice and useful. Entrelac can show off variegated yarns really well without being too busy.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2007 07:29:29 AM »

Entrelac can show off variegated yarns really well without being too busy.
Ooh, I hadn't thought of entrelac.  I might have to swatch it up and see how it looks.  Perhaps Lady Eleanor, though I don't have the book it's from.

Good luck, you'll make something gorgeous with it, I'm sure. Can you post pictures of the yarn?  Wink
I'll get on that today.  It's delicious, and I really want to share it with you guys!
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2007 07:39:22 AM »

I vote clapotis. The weight and yardage will work out well, the colorway will be stunning, and the pattern itself is French-inspired.
Original specs here:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2007 02:47:33 PM »

I second the clapotis! My MIL loved hers.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007 03:00:44 PM »

Perhaps Lady Eleanor, though I don't have the book it's from.

There are some links to entrelac on this thread

Also here is a beautiful example done in SWS from the completed projects board. She used Knitty's Danica pattern. Just add to it is you want it wider.

Although that is a lovely book if you are a book person.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2007 03:54:58 PM »

this might help you figure out how to make an entrelac piece to the measurements you want:
http://lupinbunny.blogspot.com/2007/01/baby-e-noro-entrelac-scarf.html
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