Friday, March 15, 2013

Dornröschen


I have...right now...in my hot little hands...a hank of lace weight yarn.  But not just any lace weight yarn.  Oh no.  This is THE lace weight yarn.  The one that I'll be using to knit up the Viajante shawl with.  

I know, I know...am I really going to knit the Viajante in the same colour that the designer used?  Yes.  Yes, I am.  And I don't care how un-original that is either.  I have given it some serious thoughts and I really can't see myself knitting this pattern with any other colour but this gorgeous red-y pink known as Wollmeise's Dornröschen (which means Sleeping Beauty in German).  But no such colours existed in my lace stash and I really didn't want to start stalking updates again or trolling the stash pages on Ravelry.  So I went digging in my stash again to see what I could find.  I mentioned in my February Obsessions that I had discovered a few hanks of lace that I had totally forgotten about and hadn't even entered into my stash page yet.  Sadly none of them came close to what I was wanting for my shawl.

I knew right off the bat that I wanted to use Wollmeise's Lace-Garn for this pattern.  If this design is anything like Nuvem, I'll definitely want to use a yarn that has fabulous drape and will produce a nice light and airy fabric yet with somewhat of a weight to it.  I knew that the Lace-Garn would definitely cover all of that.  And judging from other knitter's experiences with yarn substitutions, nothing else could come close. 

So it all came down to colour.  My first thought was to knit Viajante in shades of black and grey, since those colours would go with absolutely everything in my closet.  But I don't have any lace weight in those specific colours either.  Plus, did I really want to knit that much black in such a fine weight?  Hmm... back to the drawing board.

I have a few hanks of blue in the stash and there was one that really caught my eye.  I had set that hank out for a day so that I could admire it for a while and try to picture it as a shawl and myself wearing it.  But something was bugging me that I couldn't quite put my finger on.  Halfway through the day as I was rushing around getting ready to go pick up the Munchkin from preschool, I threw on my Nuvem when it hit me.  That blue hank that had caught my eye?  Yeah, it was the same blue as my Nuvem!!  Ugh!  I can't have 2 massive shawls in the same colour.  What's the point in that??  And how did I not notice that I had 2 hanks of pretty much the same colour??  Wow.

But if truth be told, from the very get-go, from the moment that I had set my eyes on this shawl, a huge part of me knew that I wanted this in red.  Maybe it was the photo of Martina wearing the shawl as a hooded cape that made me think of Little Red Riding Hood (and my secret desire to own a red cape with a hood), or the idea of "fantasy Melissa" wearing this glorious shawl with a cute little black dress (maybe a Washi?) and leather boots, or with skinny jeans, a tee, and rain boots as I jut out on a sprinkling spring day to the store.  And how chic would I look with a red Viajante thrown over an outfit of black straight-leg trousers, turtleneck, and denim jacket?  Hmm...

Ok, I'm starting to get off track here.  My lace collection consists mostly of blues, a few greens, and few variegated hanks that I know I won't like knit up in Viajante form.  So what's a knitter determined to have a red Viajante to do?  Why, they would put up an ISO post on Ravelry is what they would do!  And so I did.  I got a lot of responses to my knitterly pleas.  Some good, some bad, and some we won't even talk about.  In the end, I traded a few skeins and in return I got that bad boy of a hank that you see above.  Isn't she a beaut?  I haven't stopped petting her since her arrival.  I'm seriously itching to wind her up and cast on Viajante now.  But I can't.  I won't.  Boxy is still on the needles, I have a few test knits to complete, and there is a lot of sewing that needs to get done.

To say I'll be attempting to cram in as much crafting as I can this weekend is an understatement.  I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll be having a few late nights.  The fire department might have to be forewarned too...cause these needles of mine WILL be on fire!  I can guarantee it.  Will yours?

♥ Happy Weekend Knitting!! ♥

8 comments:

  1. it's beautiful!!! i love it! can't wait to see it!!! xoxoxoxo

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! :) I can't wait to cast on and start knitting with it!

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  2. Well there's no need to say it, but I will....I'm utterly and completely JEALOUS. haha. :)

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    1. The funny part of it all is that I used to not be a huge fan of this colourway! But now that I've seen it in action, I'm so glad I managed to find a hank!

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    2. It really is gorgeous knitted up! I can't wait to see yours! I'm on the hunt for some Lace Garn for Nuvem (I LOVE your blue one) - I decided to tackle that first before Viajante. I was *hoping* for enough birthday money to use on a hank of it but, I ended up spending MY birthday money on my KIDS! sheesh. haha

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    3. Oh no! Kids... ;) You know, I'm actually quite surprised as to how much use I've gotten from my Nuvem. I really didn't think I would use as much as I do. I think once I got past the wearing it as a proper shawl, so many ideas came up on how to sport it. Good luck on your hunt! I'll keep my eyes open for you!

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  3. I love that colour! That would have been my first choice but I couldn't find it and really wanted to knit the viajante, so I bought a hank of Koralle. I cast on last Friday and its looking good so far! :) I'm working on Nuvem at the same time (out of Taube), so they'll take a while, but I'm excited to see them grow.

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    1. Thanks Cate! :) I really didn't think I would be able to get my hands on a hank of Dorn, cause when I went through the stash pages on Ravelry no one was destashing! I majorly lucked out!

      You are so hard core for knitting both Nuvem AND Viajante at the same time!! I can't wait to see your Koralle knit up...I hope I get to see it in person too. Every photo I've seen of this colourway, it shows the colour in a completely different hue. Nonetheless it's gorgeous!

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