Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

This is the Aqua Diamonds pattern by Merike Saarniit which was published in the Spring 2012 Knitter's Magazine.  It was super quick and easy to knit.  I did my gauge swatch on Thursday night and even though I took time out to knit the edging on the Estonian Lace (and wash, block, dry and photograph it) I still finished this Monday evening. 

It looks great on Girl Far From Home and she loves it!

The only real issue is the yarn.  I found some Araucania Ulmo at the yarn shop and it was heavy worsted weight and in a color that Girl liked.  I bought three hanks - same dye lot.  First they were a nightmare to wind into balls - totally tangled and a mess because they were too loose in the hank and not tied off enough.  Then after knitting it, I discovered that the first one was much pinker than the others - in some of these photos you can see the line 2" above the diamonds where the color changes.

Girl and I over dyed this baby with red in the hopes that we can cover that line.  It's in the dryer now, so pics will have to wait.



Bree at "Bree's Way" said...

I really love this piece! I would so wear this!

Jane McLellan said...

I like that. What a shame the yarn didn't live up to its promise, glad you could overcome its drawbacks.

Bonnie said...

Very Pretty!

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Actually, from the photos here, I never would have guessed it wasn't supposed to be that way (the top half having the more defined variegated shading), as if were knitted with two 'coordinating' yarns; but it is amazing that the same dye lot would be so different. Again your speed amazes me, and I do like the pattern.

It would be frustrating, though, to have to untangle the yarn just to wind it!