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Truly like quicksilver

I said last week that I would show you the shawl I was working on. Only one problem: It's finished! This shawl (Quicksilver by Melanie Berg) was ridiculously fast, and so much fun.The mesh lace was so simple it didn't need a chart, and the stripes kept things zipping along. I originally picked this pattern out for Good Beer Week- and it would have been perfect for that, although a bit quick. I actually chose this shawl around the pink - that's the oldest yarn in my stash, bought in 2013. In 2015 I had it on a list called The Pile, AKA "yarn that I like that I really should knit with." So I decided I was going to find a pattern where this pretty colour could shine. I had been planning to pair it with a grey, but when i put it next to the leftovers from Leon's winter set I knew I was on to a winner. I originally had a different colour for the lace, but after I had knit the first two repeats, 
The original colours
I decided it looked terrible and used a very white sparkle yarn instead of the bottom pink yarn. 
 Two potential problems: I know I should have tested the pink for colour-fastness, I really hope it doesn't run. The pattern ends with a lace repeat, and I think the lace might get dirty. I decided to knit an extra repeat of the stripes - I didn't think it would be a problem, since most people have plenty of yarn, but it might be a bit tight. I think I'll do a shortened version of the stripes anyway: use up all the yarn, and get the best border I can. back in a couple of days with finished photos and a full report on how washing it comes out.


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