rustic

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pattern: hypoteneuse stole, knitspot
yarn: farmhouse yarns, summer spun (aka silk blend) in charcoal
needles: 5mm addi circs
date started: 4.20.08
date finished: 4.26.08

I find it hard to write about a project months after the fact. there’s newness and excitement following that last stitch off the needles. the journey from cast on to bind off, how ever short or long, is fresh on your mind. you can share tidbits on the pattern or yarn in a post and then go on living with your new creation. sometimes people come back, months or years later, and share how the project is holding up or how it integrated into their wardrobe, or not.

I find myself in this weird project/blog post limbo- I didn’t get a chance to blog about my stole when I finished it in april, but I can’t really say how it’s aged because of the season. I will say this though, I started wearing it regularly after I washed it. I even took it down to miami with me. it was still in the 30’s or 40’s on the morning I drove to the airport, but it was a balmy 100 by the time we landed. it’s been away since then.

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actually, I took it out of my drawer hoping for a tactile memory to emerge. the best way to describe this yarn is ‘real’, which was a welcomed change from the more commercials yarns I’m used to (and that eventually start to look the same with just a different label stuck on). it isn’t the softest nor the roughest; but don’t worry, it softens up in the wash. expect some grass and whatnot , after all, it comes from a farm. I think my favorite part of the yarn is the plying. I really enjoy how the white ply transitions from thick to thin, while the grey becomes the backbone with its consistency.

the yarn’s home spun look and feel combine perfectly with the Anne’s non-fussy lace pattern to create a rustic, and one of a kind, stole. the pattern was soothing and intuitive- no need to carry around a chart with you. I know I’ll be wearing it all the time come fall and winter. I just hope the change in seasons isn’t delayed yet again.

I’ve probably gone on for too long now, but I wanted to say thank you to Anne for the beautiful pattern and to Alli for suggesting it in the first place.

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  • Cassy August 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Very beautiful. The color reminds me of a sun-bleached stone.

  • Rebecca August 7, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    You did a fabulous job blogging about your stole despite the fact that you finished it in April and the initial elation has subsided. It is very pretty!

  • heidi August 8, 2008 at 3:00 am

    it’s really pretty

  • Siga August 8, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Glad to see you back. A very beautiful stole. I’m sure you’ll get to wear this often.

  • Amy August 8, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Ooh, very nice! That’s a great yarn choice for that pattern, and I love those lose frou-frou lace projects.

  • lynette in chicago August 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    great job on the stole! it really does look rustic and comfortable.

  • Alli August 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Oooh, that came out beautifully! I really want to knit that pattern now! I think that color/texture is so good for a scarf because it seems like it could go with so many outfits.
    Thanks again for the bamboo yarn, I gave it to my bff (as soon as I unwrapped it I knew it had to be hers, soooo her colors!) and she is making a clapotis with it. It’s knitting up so lovely and the drape is magnificent. She reports that the drop stitches are a blast with that slinky yarn. Yay!

  • tiennie August 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    This is so beautiful!!! Love love love the color/pattern/texture!

  • Seanna Lea August 10, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Very nice!
    I am really bad about taking pictures of my FOs, and I don’t want to write about them without a photo… the longer they’ve gone without a photo, the less likely it is that I will actually make a post. It’s just like they’ve become part of the treasury of my knitting at that point and not something new and exciting to share.

  • kris August 11, 2008 at 8:50 am

    ooh that is so beautiful! must search through stash for pretty, rustic tweed yarn asap!

  • Nonnahs August 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    The stole is fabulous – I love the texture of it!

  • anne August 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    it’s beautiful and i’m so glad you enjoyed making it!

  • Laura Birek August 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I love this stole. It looks great! Nice work.

  • Allegra August 16, 2008 at 11:18 am

    it’s lovely! i have this on my ravelry queue and cannot wait to knit it. anne’s brilliant!