Monday, July 4, 2011

FO Post: Miralda 2.0

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As often happens with my lace knits, I blocked this one over a month ago and just wove in the ends this morning.  Although this time, I have a totally legitimate excuse - moving across the country.  Right?  Right!

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It's amazing how even the 50/50 silk-cashmere and 100% cashmere differ in their drape and hand.  Miraldette has very crisp lines and a slightly crunchy hand, while Miralda 2.0 is nothing but soft, fluffy goodness.  That being said, I've found the pure cashmere to be more delicate and prone to snagging and tearing.  My first Miralda needed two repairs in the year that I had her; so far, in six months, the 50/50 silk-cashmere version has held up beautifully.  When the yarn does snag, it's fairly easy to pull it back into place.  I also love the slight sheen that the silk-cashmere has.  They're just two very different beasts.

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I really missed this color in my wardrobe.  I have a dark grey trench that looks fabulous with such a bright pink.  I also love that this yarn doesn't pill as it wears, it merely gets softer and grows a delicate halo.  As usual, the perfect yarn for the perfect pattern.

Pattern: Miralda's Triangular Shawl, from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4-Ply, colorway Vintage Rose
Yardage: approx. 700 yards, or 1.75 skeins
Needles: Size 7 US Addi Turbo Lace
Modifications: Doubled cable-cast on instead of knitted cast-on for bottom edge.  I like the sturdiness and almost braided appearance of this cast-on for lace.

Happy 4th of July to those of you in the US, and happy Monday to everybody else!

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Fabulous job!! That colour looks stunning on you!! Wow, you are a knitting machine...you can churn out shawls like nobody's business! :)