January 27, 2009
Poinsettia and a jillion beads
Pretty isn't it? I didn't think the pattern looked like it used a lot of beads, until I read the supply list. 5000 beads?! Wow, she must be over estimating that just to be on the safe side. Umm, nope. I have no idea how many I used, but it was over 150gms of beads. Every single one of those beads were placed individually with a crochet hook onto a stitch and then knit or purled. I think the results were worth it. I like knitting beaded projects every now and then even though they do take more time than regular lace. There was a nice rhythm to knitting the lace, pick up the crochet hook, add bead, set hook down, knit/purl, and continue.
This scarf is knit in two halves and then grafted at the center. I finished the second part in half the time that it took me to do the first. There is a bit of patterned lace on the wrong side of the scarf, but only on a few rows. Overall, it was a fun knit. I got to use up some leftover yarn and beads. Yay for stash knitting!
Pattern: Poinsettia by Susan Pandorf of Sunflower Designs
Yarn: Hengyuanxiang Knitting Wool (not sure of amount used-leftovers from other projects)
Needle: size 2 (2mm) Knit Picks dpns with stoppers on ends to make short straights
Hook: size 11 (1.05mm)--used for bead placement
Beads: 4.5 boxes of 8/0 iris green seed beads (each box was 35gms)
Blocked size: 12.5 inches wide x 56 inches long
Start: January 8, 2009
Finish: January 23, 2009