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April 23, 2010

After that last post, I wanted to do something more interesting than just update on what I’ve been working on.  So this time I’m going to take you from start to finish on a project.  A few of these photos were in the last post too.

During my spring break in March (violin teachers have built in vacations) I got a craving for a Citron.  Every once and awhile something like this happens where a project sings it’s siren song, and I am helpless to resist.  Not only did I have the pattern picked out, but I knew exactly what color I wanted.

Wool and Silk Batt

Now, this color is not in my normal pallet. I am much more of a neutrals and earth tones girl, but I wanted a summer shawl that would be light and fun. Since I didn’t have anything like this in the stash, I looked over Janice’s Color Wall (second photo on the left) to blend the perfect color together.

Lace spinning singles

Since the pattern calls for Malabrigo lace, I decided I would spin a Malabrigo lace type yarn. Lofty, soft singles. I’ve never tried to spin lace for singles, so it was a new experience.

Ramen Yarn

What came out was ramen yarn! When you’re working with singles, make sure to tie the skein together really well and in several places. I’m not too big on the energized singles thing (unless it really works with the design), so I gave my yarn a good spanking. (A very hard spanking actually.)

Finished Citron

It turned out exactly how I wanted. Light (2 oz), small, summery, bright and fun. I had just about 2 ounces left of my yarn, so I’m making a second one. I’m also excited about making more lace singles in the future.

Finished Citron - Back

Now, I want to sew a dress to go with it. ;)

Finished Citron - Front

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 26, 2010 5:46 pm


    Nice shawl, too.

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