Friday, March 18, 2016

Finished Object on a Friday; A Study in Sizing

Before you think I am some kind of knitting miracle worker, who completely warped the space time continuum, no I have not finished the Margarita's Coverlet.  I am a few more hexes in and I crocheted a bunch of the cream colored hexes to a strip of 3 "flowers".  I glanced at the eleventy-billion ends that will need to be woven in and promptly put that strip in the bag and cast on another hex!  (Maybe as an exercise for his own knitting, I should get TOB practicing weaving in ends?)

What did get finished this week and photographed was my third Annapurna!

Annapurna III is a 24,787 ft / 7,555 m mountain peak in the Himalayas in Nepal. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 19th highest mountain in Nepal. - See more at: http://peakery.com/annapurna-iii-himalayas/#sthash.y2yqOwbl.dpuf
Annapurna III is a 24,787 ft/7555 meter mountain peak in the Himalayas in Nepal. Based on peakery data it ranks as the 19th highest mountain in Nepal, and  the 42nd highest mountain that is not a subsidiary peak of another mountain.  It was first ascended in 1961 by an Indian expedition led by Capt. Mohan Singh Kohli via the Northeast Face. The summit party comprised Mohan Kohli, Sonam Gyatso, and Sonam Girmi.


I should have knit my Annapurnas in a different order, because Annapurna III is the smallest of the three main peaks, which technically should have been my cobweb version, with the fingering weight version being Annapurna I and the laceweight Annapurna II.  I will think that through a little better the next time I am doing an experiment in sizing!

But, back to Annapurna III.

She weighs in, including beads at 142 grams, so about a skein and a half of Land O Lace ShaSha.  (I have one skein left of this yarn and I am sorry to tell you that it is discontinued and you can't get any!  If it wasn't for that I would be telling you how wonderful it felt to work with, how beautifully it blocked and how nice the drape is!)  This color is called Tonka Bay and I had originally bought the yarn to make a fancy lace and cable blanket and then changed my mind.  (I know, Fickle Knitter!)




The beads are clear, gold lined beads that you can buy in a tube at any big-box craft store, so nothing terribly fancy, but ever so pretty on the yarn.

I used US 4 (3.5mm) needles, some "old" style Signature Needle Arts fixed circulars with Stiletto tips.  Another thing that is sadly discontinued, but if anyone has tried their convertible ones let me know what you think!  I am a big fan of using well made tools.

She has a 56 inch wingspan and a 26 inch depth, which along with the shape makes her easy to wear.  Big enough to wrap up in a little bit, without being bulky.

To put this into perspective :

Cobweb :  Size 2 needles,  45 inches by 23 inches

Lace :        Size 3 needles,  45 inches by 25 inches   (Notice she is blocked a little differently at the neck opening, if she was blocked the same way as the cobweb version there would be a difference in the wingspan, but...I was trying to just use the two mats across)
 

Fingering : Size 4 needles, 56 inches by 26 inches.
Shugarplums...no blocking pictures!  You will have to make do with a modeled shot, it was a little bit windy when we did our photo shoot! :)


Which just goes to show, that if you see a pattern for a shawl and think it is too big or too small, just by changing the yarn and/or the needle size you can get the type of fit you want. To have a pretty good estimate of how large or small something will be, make a swatch, block the swatch, measure your stitch and row gauge and compare those to the pattern!  A little math and knitting later you can have a shawl that is exactly the dimensions you like to wear best.
Annapurna III is a 24,787 ft / 7,555 m mountain peak in the Himalayas in Nepal. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 19th highest mountain in Nepal. The nearest peaks are Gangapurna, Canharba Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, Tarke Kang, Singu Chuli, and Annapurna IV. See the Annapurna III map, 3D fly around, and the Annapurna III photos to get a better sense of the mountain. - See more at: http://peakery.com/annapurna-iii-himalayas/#sthash.y2yqOwbl.dpuf

Annapurna III is a 24,787 ft / 7,555 m mountain peak in the Himalayas in Nepal. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 19th highest mountain in Nepal. The nearest peaks are Gangapurna, Canharba Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, Tarke Kang, Singu Chuli, and Annapurna IV. See the Annapurna III map, 3D fly around, and the Annapurna III photos to get a better sense of the mountain. - See more at: http://peakery.com/annapurna-iii-himalayas/#sthash.y2yqOwbl.dpuf
Annapurna III is a 24,787 ft / 7,555 m mountain peak in the Himalayas in Nepal. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 19th highest mountain in Nepal. The nearest peaks are Gangapurna, Canharba Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, Tarke Kang, Singu Chuli, and Annapurna IV. See the Annapurna III map, 3D fly around, and the Annapurna III photos to get a better sense of the mountain. - See more at: http://peakery.com/annapurna-iii-himalayas/#sthash.y2yqOwbl.dpuf
Annapurna III is a 24,787 ft / 7,555 m mountain peak in the Himalayas in Nepal. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 19th highest mountain in Nepal. The nearest peaks are Gangapurna, Canharba Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, Tarke Kang, Singu Chuli, and Annapurna IV. See the Annapurna III map, 3D fly around, and the Annapurna III photos to get a better sense of the mountain. - See more at: http://peakery.com/annapurna-iii-himalayas/#sthash.y2yqOwbl.dpuf

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