May 16, 2007

Seraphim !!!

I got home tonight and it was still a little overcast but not bad for taking pictures so the Drama Queen took a short break from her homework to do a quick photo shoot.

Seraphim 2

Do you think it makes my ass look huge? Just kidding.

The pattern is Seraphim by Miriam Felton and I love it. It's super simple and mindless at first and then the lace starts. I don't always find lace to be the easiest thing to do - some have that gift but not me. This lace worked for me though. I could read it really well so on the rare occasion that I madea mistake I could see it easily and, more importantly, clearly see how to fix it. This pattern was very friendly to me.

Seraphim on the fence

What can I say about the yarn I used? I love it! I should because Sundara dyed it just for me! I'm sure it wasn't easy for her either because I'm prone to flights of fancy where I get an idea in my head and then I feel compelled to translate it into reality. This was one of those times.

It was about a year ago (or longer) when I first sent her a request to create some yarn that looked like an oil slick without the usual coppery tones. I wanted yarn that would be predominantly a dark blue but with greens and purples playing accross the surface. She probably should have told me I was nuts and called it a day but instead she created a yarn that I love.

Seraphim Close up on the fence

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and the yarn did... way too soon. It was last August and I had about 22 rows left when my worst fears were confirmed and I had to start working on a solution with Sundara. We discussed many possibilities before arriving at the idea of expanding one of the existing colors into a semi-solid. I chose the purple and late in the Fall the final skein arrived.

I've been pondering that skein since it's arrival. I loved it on it's own but I couldn't decide if it would work or not. Finally, last weekend the pull became too strong and I decided to try it. Just to be safe, I put in a lifeline so that I could pull it out if it didn't work for me and try something else. Thankfully, it worked for me.

Seraphim

I think that the dark purple actually adds something. That surprised me. It makes the shawl a litle more grounded and shows up the lace a little more. The pictures don't do it justice. In person, the line where the color changes blends a little more.

Some of you may notice that I blocked the shawl a little funky - only pulling out every other point. I'll fix that by re-blocking at a later date when I can find the rest of my pins.

8 comments:

Cursing Mama said...

spectacular!

Margene said...

GORGEOUS! Nice, nice, nice!!!

Sock said...

It's gorgeous and I like the addition of a the purple yarn for the edge. And finally -- sort of -- pictures of YOU.

Melissa said...

I love it. I love the semi-solid at the end. It really compliments the pattern and the yarn.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Beautiful! You know I didn't even notice the points until you mentioned them, LOL! Here I thought I was detail oriented, LOL!

Krista said...

Wonderful! Love the colors!

clothesknit said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely stunning and yay you for finishing!

Lisa said...

That is wonderful! Heavenly, even! Great use of such a pretty yarn.