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Forget what I said…


I started the Shetland Triangle last night, using the Wollmeise yarn, and well… I love the pattern.  Absolutely, very lovely and intuitive.  What I don’t like is the way it looks in the yarn.  Unlike some sock yarns, Wollmeise is pretty hard, and without any spring to speak of.  I’m just not enjoying working with it in lace, nor do I think I will enjoy wearing the result.  That’s ok – I found a pattern I love, so I can deal with a restart in a new yarn!

There are a number of Shetland triangle shawls on Ravelry done in a worsted weight yarn, and I really like the way they look, so I’m going to restart mine using Handmaiden Silk Maiden in Peridot.

Pretty, yes?  I seem to be developing something of a problem with Fleece Artist/Handmaiden yarns.  I cannot resist the beautiful colors, even when I secretly think they’re overpriced!  Ah well… small price for happiness, and as long as I’m not using them for sweater coats or something the cost per project isn’t insane.  I own 4 different wool/silk blends from the company, and I don’t regret a single one – they are all simply some of the loveliest yarns I have touched!  Now all I have to do is start using them up – I have two Ilga Leja designs ready to go (Manon in Lady Godiva and Lady of the Woods in Woolie Silk 3-ply) as well as the yarn above.  And I wonder if I could get Tuscany from “No sheep for you” out of 1 skein of Mini Maiden?  It’s roughly the same gauge as sea silk, but the yardage is better, so I suspect that I could.  Lots of people on ravelry have used 1.3 skeins of sea silk.  If I have to leave off a repeat it can just be more scarflike or something.  I’m a smaller person, so I don’t need big shawls anyway.


I hope you have enjoyed your yarn loveliness of the day!

13 thoughts on “Forget what I said…

  1. Hi again. Once again I am admiring your FO’s. A quick question: where do you order your Fleece Artist yarn from? I am getting ready to buy some online and wondered about your “dealer”.


  2. I have a fleece artist problem too! I recently made socks in peridot sea wool, and have another 8 skeins in various blends and colourways.

  3. Hey! I’m on a yarn diet and you are not helping! Maybe it’s like walking in to a bakery and not buying anything, but drooling all the same! AGH!

  4. Yep, me too. Love, love, love Fleece Artist.
    My only dissapointment was making a couple pair of socks out of the Sea Wool. They made beautiful lace socks but after only 6 weeks of wearing them they started falling apart . I have had to mend them almost everytime I have worn them – but I do wear them once a week or so. They are still my favorite lace socks but they don’t look very nice anymore.

    Part of this may be my fault though – I may have knit them on too large of a of size needles (#2) and I wear my socks inside with no slippers or shoes.

  5. That’s good to know about Wollmeise. It sounds similar to Spirit Trail merino, which I did not enjoy working with for the same reason. I had to keep checking the label to make sure it really was wool!

    Your yarn pictures make me want to go to the yarn store, right now!

  6. Yaarn! MMmmm, yarn!

    I like the happy Wollmeise shawl, but you have to like it, and if you don’t… some things just aren’t meant to be.

  7. I wish so so so badly that we could get Handmaiden yarns here in Denmark. I’m going to look while in France, but they probably don’t have it either. Then again, they have French yarn! 🙂

    I think your Handmaiden FOs are going to be beautiful!

  8. That Handmaiden Silk Maiden yarn is stunning! Yum!
    Your ‘Joy’ is looking fantastic too – making me feel slightly envious that I don’t know how to crochet.
    I was sorry to hear that you’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. I was looking forward to seeing your hexacomb cardi – since I’m using it as a guide to planning mine (am still waiting on the Interweave Knits Spring issue to arrive at newsagents here in Australia – I’m so impatient for it to arrive!) and I’m glad that you were able to sort out your gauge issues. Sending some knitting smiles your way!

    Good luck with your Easter singing!!

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