Last night, the female sibling gave me a ball each of Wendy's Peter Pan 2-ply and 3-ply yarns to play with. (Thankfully in different colours). I'm suspecting the 2-ply is essentially lace weight with 440m / 50g ball and have been playing with it the most. If I were really pushing things, it might be possible to do the project with 3 balls (just! I'd probably buy enough of this yarn if the lace yarns ordered don't arrive in time. Peter Pan's a 55/45 nylon/acrylic and is really nice and soft baby yarn. Me like muchly). :P
Playing with the 2-ply and 3-ply has been interesting and illustrated how little true tension control I have at the moment. -_-; At the same time, however, I got to play with a myriad of needles including Crystal Palace double points, Bryspun circulars, and Swallow casein needles. I'll probably try out the Denise circulars tomorrow. Of the needles, I really liked the Crystal Palace needles but was threatened with a very painful demise should I damage the needles. ^^; The Bryspun was an incredible pain to work with, and the casein needles are fine, just much too long for swatching with (picky picky...). ^^; Hopefully the Denise set will work well as I'd like to work with them if possible.
I taught myself how to read charts yesterday from MS2's swatch pattern and it seems fairly straight forward as long as I don't lose concentration. I sometimes forget where I am in a pattern if it repeats a lot. >_<; It's pretty sad really. ^^;
Unfortunately, as I mentioned I tried the newly posted MS3's swatch and, while I got through the first pattern repeat fine (@ 16 rows), I somehow managed to add stitches when repeating the pattern. I'll have to rip it out and maybe try again with the Denise needles and see how they are. I'm trying to work with US size 6 needles but they're pretty big; I might drop to size 5. >_<; I've asked the female sibling unit to swatch for me as well (hopefully tomorrow), so I'll have some idea what gauge I'm supposed to be aiming for. ^^;
As for the pattern... it looks like peacock feathers maybe? That's my primary impression. Maybe there's a leafy pattern similar as well, but it looks most like the eyes of the peacock's feathers to me. I'll take a quick peek at the different lace patterns. :P
Group info for the project for anyone interested in peeking (messages are public):
Finished shawl information:
Finished size: 51"x51"
Requirements: 4.5 oz Zephyr (1418yds)
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch, blocked, on needle size 6US
Clues will begin on Friday, February 17, 2006
BTW, they're offering 20% off the Zephyr if purchased through them for this project. Will try to re-swatch tomorrow and post photos whether it's presentable or not... ^^;