1.05.2018

Swatching for Lace Mash Up... this time in COLOR!

Happy New Year!

There is LOTS going on in 2018... and I think I'll start by getting a second Lace Mash Up onto my needles for the KAL in my Ravelry group!

This time I want to knit one in color and in a lighter weight "springier" yarn so I can have this shawl for my summer wardrobe! I ADORE the Shetland Heritage I used for the original Lace Mash Up, but it is a lofty wool yarn and not perfect for summer.

The one rule I had for this is that I work from stash... the last thing I need to do is buy more yarn : )!

I had a major lace weight stash dive last night, these are the contenders I came up with:
Lakshmi’s Dreams Silk Babycamel Lace I swatched the Silk Babycamel Lace already and I think it is too fine as it is 874/yds to 100grams
Lakshmi’s Dreams BFL Silk lace The BFL Silk Lace is pretty darn nice! It is 656 yds to 100 grams, still a bit lighter than the Shetland Heritage...
June Cashmere Lace The June Cashmere is a dream, but I’d need to buy 2 skeins, all I have is 1 skein of grey and I don’t want a grey shawl!
The Fibre Company Road to China Lace
 I did a WHOLE COLLECTION in Fibre Company Road to China Lace, and it would be awesome for this design, but I only have enough cream… so I would have to dye that!
Anzula Cloud
Anzula Cloud is a favorite, that is a great back-up and I have stash of that!

I have to admit I really want use one of the Lakshmi's Dreams skeins as Andrea came with me to Ireland in October and I adore her (and her yarn!). So clearly, that is what I cast on first.

Here's the Silk Babycamel Lace on US Size 3 needles:

 I like it, but I'm not sure the definition is working for me in this pattern... it's a bit too lightweight, and the speckles aren't quite what I'm looking for in this shawl. Andrea does have a Silk Babycamel Heavy Lace that would be perfect... but remember: I AM WORKING FROM STASH!

Here's the BFL Silk Lace on US Size 5 needles:

I'm just going to say I love it... the blocking is holding is beautifully, the hand is a dream and I know I will love this wrapped around my neck. Also, THE COLOR IS SO GOOD... blues with hints of greens, this will make me happy when I knit it! It is a bit loose though, so even though I love it tonight I am going to work up another swatch on US 4's. I'll post that here when it is done and dry...

The shawl will definitely come out a bit bigger if I work it on 5's which means I may have to cut back on some Nupps so I don't run out of yarn.... I guess I could always use beads instead!

UPDATEWhat a difference needle size makes! I'm sticking with the larger US size 5 needles as I want my next Lace Mash Up to have drape and lots of negative space between the stitches! I know this will use more yarn so I am going to skip the Nupps and use beads instead!






Just to give you a comparison here's the BFL Silk Lace on top of the Shetland Heritage.... it really shows how different the fabrics are!



So, what do you think? Am I on the right track? Are you casting on Lace Mash Up? What yarn did you settle on?

10 comments:

  1. Love the BLF Silk Lace! I am using the Shetland Heritage in optic white as I wanted this to go with anything! Hope to cast on this weekend. I knit very loose when it comes to lace and having to go down to at least a 3...Love all your patterns and hope to join your club again next year!

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  2. I love that you are working from stash. I am trying to do that too, since I have some really lovely skeins that need to be made into something.

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  3. I love how the BLF Silk Lace looks too. I swatched with a size 7, 8, and 9 and will block it tonight. I knit very tightly and I usually use a needle 2 sizes larger than called for to get gauge.

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    1. Try with the 7's first and see what you think... the BFL Silk Lace is way lighter than the Shetland Heritage so the needle size you use will be different!

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  4. I would not be at all surprised is you like it on the 4s better. I am doing mine on 6s, and since I always have to go up two sizes from what you recommend in your patterns, I’m thinking the 4s are going to work for you!

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    1. I actually ended up liking the 5's better.... the fabric has such great drape!

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  5. I'm confused. Is Lace mash up supposed to be kitted in a size 7?

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    1. That is what was used for the Shetland Heritage, but I am trying out another yarn entirely that is behaving quite differently!

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