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spiderdust
« on: July 24, 2007 06:24:22 AM »

So I've had this yarn, Lobster Post laceweight cashmere, for about a year and a half and have been saving it for something really special.  I take it out every once in a while to pet it and admire its beauty.  Smiley  I think I'm finally ready.

I've made a very small list of some shawls that might work, but I'm wondering what you gals would do.  I'm looking for something (probably a shawl, but I'm open to other ideas) that will be interesting & beautiful while remaining somewhat simple, but not dull.  I've done some lace, but not much and I don't want to use this for something ridiculously intricate.  This yarn was a gift and from what I've seen it doesn't look like 800 yards will go terribly far.  Plus, my bf & I will probably be getting married in the Fall and I would like something delicate and gorgeous that I could wear then and throughout my life & cherish.  Any wonderful ideas?  I'd be so happy to hear them!

P.S.- I always wind yarn by hand and I'm a tad nervous about winding laceweight.  Any suggestions to make it go smoothly?
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007 06:31:59 AM »

Well..you COULD send it to me Smiley

Or if you really want to keep it for yourself and maybe do something for your wedding, what about a lace shrug?  With 800 yards you could do a simple lace stole too...
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007 08:58:22 AM »

What about this,  http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTido.html

It looks like it could be done with the amount of yarn you have.

So jealous about the cashmere.  And the wedding.

Wish you luck with both!!! Grin
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Quincy134
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2007 09:01:07 AM »

The shetland triangle shawl from the Wrap Style book takes under 600 yards, plus it's a pattern repeat that would be easy to enlarge.  I'm contemplating that pattern right now. 

Best of luck with finding a project!
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2007 10:38:40 AM »

If you aren't about a million miles tall, you might be able to pull off an Icarus Shawl if you take out some of the stockinette repeats.  Taking out one repeat takes about 8" from the wingspan of the shawl and 2 1/2" from the height.  It is 6' by 3', I think.

Are you opposed to spending a bit of money?  I just bought a copy of "Victorian Lace Today" and it was well worth the money.  Most of the patterns call for more than 800 yards, but they're also GIANT and would be easy to adapt to a smaller stole or scarf.  Grumperina posted some of the pictures from the book on her blog:

http://www.grumperina.com/knitblog/archives/2006/11/replacement_in.htm

I hope this helps!
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girldistracted
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2007 05:09:36 PM »

The Hanami Stole calls for 880 yards and I love it. It's on my list.

The Swallowtail shawl is also gorgeous (so many pretty versions out there) and seems to only take 400-ish yards from what I've seen.

Good Luck finding a pattern! I have my own skein of 100% cashmere that's waiting to become a shawl. It's so beautiful that I'm almost scared to knit with it!
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spiderdust
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2007 05:46:38 PM »

Thanks for all of the suggestions, I'm going to check them all out and I'm always open for more!

girldistracted- I feel exactly the same way about mine!!
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