Finished! Proserpine Shawl in Lang Mille Colori

I did mention this quickly in another post, my lovely sock yarn that was too pretty for socks and the scarf I made from it. This took me about a month to make along side my other projects. The yarn is by Lang Yarns, and is called Mille Colori Socks and Lace, you can find it here from Loveknitting for a reasonable price, in several colour ways. It’s a 4ply weight yarn made from 75% wool and 25% polyamide with 400m for a 100g ball.

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Lang Mille Colori in shade 0090

It was a real joy to knit with. I worked the entire shawl on 4.5mm straight bamboo needles, at the end there were nearly 300 stitches, but because it was a 4ply weight this was still possible. The yarn was very soft and the colour changes amusing, slow but not too slow to lose interest with. It was always surprising which colour came next, because the orange and bright blue do kind of clash but at the same time blend in perfectly.

The shawl worn front ways as a scarf.

This shade, 0090 actually looks like a toned down, natural rainbow when my shawl is laid flat. And the great variation in colours means it’s very easy to integrate into my outfits. Denim jacket, it works, formal black trench coat, looks great, biker jacket, still looks nice.

I had one minor disaster with the yarn where it snapped because I had a bit of fluff around it and I pulled too hard, but it just felted back together with little to no effort. I didn’t find any breaks or joins either. I’d really love to use this yarn again for more shawls, jackets, baby wear, it’s just it’s too nice for socks.

Folded and laid flat you can see the lovely stripes

I loved the way this yarn striped on my shawl pattern, it’s a triangle, but knitted from the neck down and blocked into the right shape afterwards. The pattern is called Proserpine and I got it from an issue of Knit Now, you can buy it from Ravelry here, It takes 600m or 150g of 4ply yarn and 4.5mm needles. I only had one ball so just went for it and I cast off before the end, I did about 3/4 of it. It’s two lace patterns with stocking stitch in between. The lace patterns are simple enough but elegant.

A quick photo of it as a short shawl

I took this quickly before blocking with my Pink Floyd shirt, good choice no?

And an inside view

The stocking stitch is even loose enough to let a fair amount of light through, it’s a beautiful pattern and this yarn really compliments it. If I had another two balls I’m sure I’d be tempted to do it again.

And all that was left

So that’s it for my shawl, I’m hoping to get some good photos as the weather is getting better. They’ll be in another post.

How’s my queue looking?

My queue on Ravelry curently consists of 38 pages and 1133 projects. Varying from nappy soakers, socks, shawls, hats and toys. My wool stash is probably as varied too, with on going, endless projects such as this odds and sods blanket, entire balls, half balls, acrylic, wool, eyelash yarn. I’m slowly working on getting through it all, but then I get to a project I really want to do, and I buy the yarn for that. Or I go to buy a ball for something, just one ball, and I come out with four for another project that I’ve not chosen yet because I liked the yarn. Yup.

My new and upcoming projects are varied too. My queue has a vauge order, but I never stick to it. I get distracted because I find something new. I’m also great at starting projects and never finishing them. Heliopath Vest anyone?

So the things I’m actually planning to knit. I’ll list five, and the links to the projects. Just to clear up, planning to knit means casting on for me. Heh.

Glengarry

A Glengarry, a Scottish stereotype.

Being a proud Scot I kinda want this just to be annoying. I know nobody has worn one of these since Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time, but I kinda don’t care. If it’ll annoy the english/french it’s worth it. I’m making it using 100% acrylic yarn called Patons Smoothie, I ordered it not too long ago from Love Knitting. You can find more information about this pattern, where to find it, here on Ravelry. It’s from a book, filled with hats from all over the world, it was an interesting read. I’m looking forward to making this as soon as I have my yarn.

TeaCosy

Today I bought a tea pot

Today I finally bought myself a tea pot, and no pot is complete without a cosy. I like this one, because it’s cute and quirky. It’s knitted for a 2 cup tea pot, using DK and it’s worked in the round. Only £3.59 from here on Ravelry, but I’m not sure what kind of wool to use.

Cocks on Socks

Socks! With willies!

I did try and make these, only to balls them up. Hehe, balls. I really want to give them another go. They’ve got to be my favourite sock pattern out there. It’s a free download on Ravelry, you can find it here, worked with 4ply yarn, on 2.5mm needles. I find them so funny, cheeky but discreet. You could wear these to a job interview and not get in trouble… I’m planning on black and a ball of multicoloured, either by Lang Yarns or another one that I can’t remember the name of from my stash.

Capelet Shawl

A little shawl/capelet

This is from a back issue of Knit Now, made with a British 4ply yarn from Baa Ram Ewe, which I’d love to try. It’s pretty, feminine, lacey thing. I’d love to make it longer. No idea what I’ll knit this with… Read about it here!

Headband

I hate winter, headband version

I did some double knitting recently, making a pair of socks and I’m really interested in doing this pattern from Knitty. Worked in 4ply, with 3.75 needles, it’s kinda funny. I’m thinking black and multi-coloured. But we’ll see. It’s a high enough priority. You can find it here, and it’s free through Knitty.

Current Project, STILL the Queen Closer Shawl

I’ve almost finished! Normally I start things, do about half and then move on to something else, but this? Almost finished!!!

I’m doing a border of garter stitch before I cast off, then it’ll be done, so by this weekend. If it’s a nice day I might even wear it to church on Sunday!

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The shawl is in fact worked top to bottom, although the short rows and flat needles give it a strange appearance…

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This is a shot of the lace pattern, sadly with this yarn it just looks like holes, pretty but not like the pattern photo. With a tightly spun yarn it looks like a brick laying pattern. I still love the effect though.

All the yarn and pattern details are in the last post I did on this shawl.

And I’m going to be teaching a knitting class! In French… I live in a structure for women who are in difficulty and would otherwise be homeless, my case, or somewhere worse. They used to run craft groups and a few other things, then a staff member retired and most of it stopped. A younger one took over the painting group so sometimes it stick runs, but she’s leaving this month too. I asked if I could run a knitting group, it’s been approved. Which I think is great because the writing, jewellery and other things have all stopped.

Now I’ve got to figure out how to teach this. I’m thinking blanket squares. We’ll make a throw for the foyer. Materials are thankfully provided. My plan is to teach them to knit first, doing a garter stitch square, then purl, a stocking stitch square. Knit together and slip slip knit with yarn overs after that then they’ll be able to amuse themselves.

Current project, Queen Closer Shawlette edit

I quickly touched on this in my last post, but sadly had no photos to share. It’s another work in progress but is advancing very quickly. I found this beautiful pattern in an issue of Knit Now and I still can’t find the perfect yarn… I have a good one but it was a £10 present so I wanted to make something similar but in. A cheaper yarn.

This is King Cole Splash. A 100% acrylic yarn that I bought two balls of from an independent yarn shop the last time I visited my mum. I couldn’t find anything to make and then someone jokingly said it would make a good scarf. I’m following the pattern to an extent, but I’ve tweaked it a few places already. Changing the yarn weight, the needle size and lengthening the garters stitch. So far it’s going great. I’ve almost finished the short rows!

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I would normally do something like this on a circle needle, but I don’t have one in that size, I’m not having a problem with the flats yet, but they’re really not ideal. It makes photography difficult.

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This is a closer shot of the yarn, I’ve had so many complements on the colours! People think it’s me striping it…

If you want this wool Deramores stock it, I usefully the shade sunshine. You can find it here.