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Scarf or stole of doom

It took me over a year, but finally, finally, Juno Regina is done.

Pattern: Juno Regina by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in Purple Mystery
Needles: US1 / 2.5mm Addi Lace circulars

My only modification was width – I only did chart 3 thrice, because I wanted a narrower scarf. I’m glad I did that, though, because it meant there was that much less knitting to do. Because it’s a pretty scarf, and I’m glad to gave the finished product, but I really, really did not enjoy working on this.

It would have been a good work project because other than the ends, it’s basically the same two rows over and over again, so easy to do while on the phone. However, the incredible stickiness of the yarn made it really difficult. It got easier when I started working from the outside of the ball rather than the center, but… that’s really not saying much.

In fact, if you compare both ends, you can totally tell which one I started from because that end’s already a bit felted. It’s even more noticeable in person, but I think you can get the idea from the photo.

The pattern itself was nice though. I liked working the ends. The middle was boring, but again, there’s a place for that, given a better yarn.

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Malabrigo laceweight != love

I’ve made no secret of how little I’m enjoying Juno Regina, and that it’s all because of the yarn. I was really hoping I could just get an adequate scarf out of one skein of Malabrigo lace. Sadly, that’s not going to happen, because… well, take a look at this ball I’m working from right now.

Yep. It’s sticking together something fierce. I’m pretty sure a good half of this ball is so felted together, it’s completely unknitable. So, I guess I’ll have to wind that other skein after all.

On the plus side, it’s a little more tolerable now that I’m working from the outside of the ball. Yes, I actually turned this one inside out. (I don’t recommend doing that for less sticky yarns, by the way. The “turning inside out” part, I mean!) I still have to pause a lot to separate the working strand from the rest of the ball, but it’s not as terrible as working from the center was.

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Stoles and sleeves

I’d bought some laceweight Malabrigo back in 2008, in a gorgeous deep purple. (Who’s surprised by my color choice? Probably no one.) Fairly soon after I’d bought it, I decided that I wanted to use it for a Juno Regina stole.

However, it took me awhile to get around to it, because I had other stuff in the queue first and I try to have only one lace shawl/stole in progress at anytime. (You may notice some very convenient loopholes in that rule. Yes, those were put in on purpose.)

I actually ended up breaking that rule in July 2010. I’d started Aeolian just before Comic Con, but Aeolian is a poor choice for convention knitting, so I wanted something simpler. Juno Regina fit the bill nicely, and I figured I’d only have about a week of overlap anyway.

Much of the knitting here is actually from Comic Con. I’ve worked on it a little bit since then, but not much, since because during the last quarter of 2010, Juno Regina was pretty much my only WIP without a deadline.

The other reason I’m slacking? I’m not super thrilled with the yarn. Yes, it’s pretty and soft, but it’s spun kind of inconsistently. I don’t mind some variation in thickness, but I’ve come across some super-thick parts and some incredibly wispy parts as I’ve knit; both have been so extremely different from the rest of the skein that I’ve had to cut them out altogether. The yarn also has an unfortunate tendency to stick to itself – the center of my pull ball is a partially felted mess.

But at least the finished product will be nice, right?

On a less negative note, I now have sleeves for my Four Play cardigan!

They’re elbow length, exactly like I wanted! Had to unravel my swatches and use that yarn for it, but still, yay! And I have just enough yarn left for seaming, too.

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