This shawl is another example for me starting a lace project with knowing fully well, that the yarn on hand will not be enough to finish it! (I must be touched in the head, since this happens a lot lately.)
I've got one Zauberball yarn in Cranberry colorway from Sabine (and another one in a different colorway) as a gift, and even though it's supposed to be sock yarn, for me it screamed "lace", since it's single ply yarn, although for that it's rather strong with its nylon contents.
The reason why I still cast on for this shawl was, that I've spied a Zauberball in this color at my LYS, and I knew, if needed, I could get it there. Never mind same dye lot. As it turned out, I've knit the main part with one ball, and the edge with the second ball. Now I have more than half a ball left over.
The main part of this shawl was mind numbingly boring to knit, repeating the leaf pattern over and over. What woke me up from my stupor was the edge though. I dreaded it, I feared it. I had to pick up stitches and the stitch count had to be just right. The instructions did not help me at all. It said, "pick up and knit 242 sts along selvage to lower point of triangle (about 2 sts for every slipped selvage st; see page 38)..." The operative word here would be "about". What does that mean? Either it is, or it isn't. Needless to say, I had to do it several times, with a lot of counting to get the required stitch count. Once that was done, it was smooth sailing.
I like how the edge appears to be striped, sort off, and not obvious pooling.
Here are the specs:
pattern: Triangular scarf in leaf pattern by Nancy Bush from the book "Knitted Lace of Estonia"
yarn: Zauberball in the colorway Cranberries, 420m one ball, 75% wool, 25% polyamid, 1.25 balls
needles: 3mm for the main body, 3.5mm for the edge
size after blocking: 53" x 34" (slightly bigger than the one in the book) and it IS a scarf
start-finish: Nov. 8 - 18 2009
destined: for my mom for Christmas
This was the 4th project I've knit from this book, and there are still more in there, which I like and plan on knitting.