OR, LILY OF THE VALLEy STOLE RE-DISCOVERED STOLE FROM CIRCA 2005!
I need to go Stash Diving more often. This latest Stash Dive started because I was searching for Shetland fingering to use for the Hillswick Lumber pattern but Anne Feitelson. I dug through everything and found most of the yarn in my Fair Isle yarn inventory, scattered around in 3 different rooms, plus my original stash closet.
More on Hillswick Lumber later.
This latest venture of digging into my gigantic stash, resulted in the discovery of a nearly 7 year old lace project recorded here under the heading of Works in Progress. That is no longer the truth. This was a UFO.
I found a cone of silk and cashmere lavender yarn with an attached piece of lace, approximately 1/4th done. It looked really great with neat NUPPS. I vaguely remembered my long ago fight with the NUPPS gang.
There wasn't any pattern in the box with the yarn, needle still sticking out on each side. It was pre Addi Lace needles when we all griped about the lack of sharp enough points on our needles. I had no idea what pattern it was until I searched the Ravelry Patterns. Thank goodness for Ravelry. I recognised the Lily of the Valley design and saw that is was the Fiddlesticks stole I purchased with some copper colored Zephyr in a kit. Here is the original blog post and picture of the yarn. Pretty huh?
Original comment from 2005.
What I want to know, is how did this lace
project of medium difficulty, turned into knitting hell on earth, because of a few NUPPS?
I am NOT frogging this yarn again.
It can't take anymore frogging! Should I order more yarn and start over? I don't know. All honest opinions will be appreciated?
It had been stored inside of a plastic tub but it still had a distinctively musty odor.
It was a nice color. Fortunately, the label inside the cone read 80% silk, 20% cashmere! I had forgotten what the fiber was but the words,"SILK/CASHMERE", peaked my interest.
I bought this well before I started knitting lace. I had ordered sport weight for a snazzy, luxurious sweater, and I had ordered the wrong weight. Typical trick for me.
When I called to exchange it, I was told, NO exchanges, NO refunds on coned yarn. This was before the Internet, and knitting lists. I didn't even have a computer until 1988.
The yarn is approximately the thickness of 2 strands of Zephyr. I decided to practice nupps until I got them right.
After trying 6 different techniques, and failing to please my sense of uniformity, I went back to Dorothy's instructions and her way again. My very first effort produced discrete, nearly perfect, little nupps. Blimey! I can't believe it!
The yarn makes me sneeze but it is pretty. The silk makes it shine and drape, and the cashmere makes it soft. I like it. It is going to have great nupps if nothing else.
I believe in Karma. Did this yarn find it's way into my yarn stash 20 years ago, specifically for the purpose of helping me conquer NUPPS? I am convinced that Lily wanted to be lavender.
I will save the Copper for another project.
Stay tuned for more pictures current pictures of Lily of the Valley!