Thursday, January 6, 2011

Shawl 13, Twinkle Twinkle

This is my first foray into beading for the project.  This was the first, lesser insanity.  I say insanity because I beaded under the nuups in the pattern instead of replacing them.  Beading takes up a bunch of time;  beading the nuups takes 1/3 as long again as the original knit.

On the other hand, it is a pretty effect...

click to see the color combo of yarn and beads.  It's stunning (even if it is me saying it)
not bad on white
not bad on red
awesome on green
detail shot
and again on a body (cream and white)
The beauty of this shawl is in the combination of the colors of blue.  I used 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Merino Light in colorway Ink.  The yarn is the almost black blues of a midnight sky.  The twinkling blue beads are from a vintage stash I keep.  The blue is more vibrant than the comparable shades available to me today;  I have attempted to match them for other projects, but the 9 samples I got couldn't compete with the originals (even though the samples were pretty on their own).

The fun in this shawl would be in knowing that the beautiful, clear blue twinkles out at unexpected times.  A subtle contrast, if you will, possible because the beads show like tiny stars when hit by light... and hide when in any shadow.  Wearing this is like floating around in the ever-changing, mysterious mantle of a night sky.

Until this was blocked, I considered naming it "Midnight in the Garden."  Seeing the finished shawl, it could only be Twinkle Twinkle.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, you're getting full use out of your posting assistant. Three more beautiful additions to the collection.