Friday, November 7, 2014


Mandala by Renee Leverington
Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 Cone
7 oz, pale gray
Addi Turbo US 5, 3.75 mm/36 inch circular
Knit Picks Harmony 6 inch DPN's - US 5, 3.75 mm
July 5, 2013 - November 5, 2014
Pattern Selections: 1D, 2D, 3A, 4B, 2D
Modifications:  Dropped edging and did crochet chain bind-off
Finished size: 64 inch diameter
The fact that this took over a year to finish is indicative of the fact that it was yet another troubled project.  I had trouble figuring out what I really wanted to do with each section, and dithered way more than I thought I would.  I spilled coffee on it.  I grew bored with the yarn.  (Face it, Zephyr is an awesome workhorse of a lace yarn, but it's nothing special.)  The edging became a serious issue.  Despite my protestations a couple of days ago that the crochet bind off was the right choice because I needed to get it done, I was honestly concerned that aesthetically I'd just made a drastic mistake.  The fact that my knee - which had been perfectly fine - went out while I was blocking it didn't exactly endear me to anything either.
As with the Spider Queen, all was forgiven when I took it off of the floor this morning.  Now that I look at it, the patterns flow into each other with more harmony than I had thought.  (Good job designer!)  Zephyr is lovely when blocked, as it becomes both softer and crisper.  It's also much lighter and more airy than the other zephyr shawl I have in my collection.  I'm glad I didn't do an edging because without it the entire piece actually looks more like a true mandala.
Happy to be in love again.


Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

I am in awe, truly. You're amazing.

Bonnie said...

You're awfully hard on yourself! That's a beautiful design. Congrats!!!

margene said...

One after the other, you create pure beauty out of tiny strands. Another exquisite masterpiece.