Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Snow Queen Gala: Wrap it up!

I am thrilled to bring you my final Snow Queen post. If you have been here for any of my previous group projects, you will know that one of my greatest pleasures is seeing your work. Today I would like to share photos that knitters from The Snow Queen group have generously shared. I listed the knitter's name and the details of their project above the photographs of their work. I think you will be as impressed as I am! Enjoy!

Name: Teresa
Ravelry name: teresat2t
Yarn: Grignasco Cashmere-Seta/ used about 2058 metres Added tiers means that I added 3000 beads (silver lined crystal size 8/0 from Earth Fairie)
Needle size: 2.5, 2.75 and 3.00 mm
Gauge and finished size after blocking: blocked to 68"
Any modifications? Added extra tiers by repeating Chart F after an increase row. Yes - that is 1156 sts per row.
I knit the first tier of Chart F extension as directed by BadCat and rotated second tier by 16sts so that the nupp motif would line up with Chart F. Also added additional flowers so that each tooth has a flower. Chart G - combined one pattern row (to reduce entire chart by 2r) due to limited yardage. I really didn't want to run out after all this knitting..
Comments:This project was spectacular to knit and the finished project would make a fabulous christening shawl. Talk about heirloom.

Name: Sue in CA
Ravelry name: Monksqueedunk (a childhood name!)
Yarn: Colourmart Cashmere 2/28, used about 3/4 of one cone. The yarn is identified by a number (130016) but is a natural or creamy white. 1 cone is 2300 yards, so I probably used around 1725 yards.
Needles: cast on with US 2, knit most of the shawl with US 3, changed to US 4 for the last 30 rows
Beads: Beadwrangler 8.0 silver lined clear (#110) and silver lined 3mm magatamas for the border
Finished size: 52.5 inches
No modifications (though I debated adding an extra tier)
Comments: I appreciated every detail of this design, loved the "Estonian" adaptation of the pi, learned how to do nupps in the round, and think this is an absolutely gorgeous design. I am tempted to knit another one because it was just plain fun to knit.

Name: Melissa
Ravelry name: twoknitwit
Yarn info: Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 Cone ~ approximately 1000 yds for my smaller version
Needle sizes: US1 (2.25mm), US2 (2.75mm), US3 (3.25mm), and US4 (3.5mm) for bind-off row only to keep it loose since I cast off really tightly
Finished size & gauge: 80cm diameter and 10st/inch
Mods: I finished chart F at first marked stopping point for a smaller Snow Queen and also did not use any beads (replaced all beads with 3 stitch nupps)
Comments: the group was a perfect venue for a fairly inexperienced lace knitter ~ the pattern is amazing with lots of new techniques, instructions were great, lots of encouragement from the members of the KAL as well as helpful hints that made success for me inevitable! I can see why you have so many loyal followers!
Name: Mary, or Mary Rose whichever you prefer! :)
Ravelry name: marydear
Yarn: ColourMart Superfine Merino 2/28, less than a full cone
Needles:US 1 through 4 needles
Blocked size: 62 inches across
No mods here
Comments: This is the prettiest shawl I have ever knit and the photo's do not do it justice.

Name: Kathleen
Ravelry Name: kfitz835
has notes and my ramblings as I worked through the shawl.
Yarn: Knitpicks Gloss Lace (50% silk/50% merino, 2 ply) 3.26 skeins = 1434.4 yards (1311.6m) colour Aquamarine
Needle size: 3.75 mm (I forgot to size up for the edging but had no trouble getting it to block flat) Gauge and finished size after blocking: finished approx 60" in diameter. I didn't measure the gauge. I like the fee land drape of laceweights when I knit them on 3.75's so that my go to combo. I knit fairly tight.
Any modifications you made? not intentional ones.
Comments: I really enjoyed knitting this shawl. The pattern was a pleasure to knit. It kept you thinking but was natural enough that I wasn't a slave to the charts.

Name: Elaine Jones
Ravelry name: Driftwood
Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr 2/18 50% Silk / 50% Wool 1562 yards
Needles: Sizes 3, 4, and 5
Gauge and finished size after blocking 64" diameter
Beads: #8 Dark Grey Silver Lined Japanese Delicas

Name: Debby Patterson
Ravelry name: debbypat
Yarn: KnitPicks Gloss Lace, about 1540 yards used (just under 3.5 skeins)
Beads: Size 8 Matte Raku Teal.
Needles: US Sizes 4, 5, 6
Gauge: Never swatched Finished size 64" diameter.
Comments: I was going to try to get outside pictures this afternoon, but rain looks likely, so I thought I'd try this first. Backlit, the lace and nupps show up nicely, especially in such dark yarn. Bonus, you get to see the lovely Crape Myrtles across the street!

Name: Debbie Thompson
Ravelry name: xs4ever
Yarn: Wollmeise Lace-garn Pfefferminz Prinz colorway (blue-greens) about 1700 yards
Needles: US2, US3, US4
Blocked size: 62 inches in diameter
Comments: I loved knitting this and I love the finished project. Thanks Andrea for sharing this design and letting us knit along with you.

Name: Colleen
Yarn: Yarn Addict Silky Merino (1312yds per 100gm) 1 ply cobweb. I used one skein plus about 2/3 of the second skein.
Needle Size US 4 (3mm) needles
beads from an Australian online shop, Cranberry, Berrylicious size 8 seedbeads plus size 8 megatamas around edge.
Measures approx 58" diameter.

Name: Cara
Ravelry name: Stamax
Yarn: Colourmart 2/28 50/50 Cashmere/Merino in Crudo (2300 yards/150 gm)
The shawl used 100 gms of fiber or approximately 1550 yards.
Needles: U.S. needle sizes 2, 3, and 4.
Blocked size: After unpinning she measures 54 inches in diameter, but I think could be blocked a bit larger The beads are a beige color, gold lined AB finish with matching mini-magatamas for the edge. The pattern was knit without any modifications.
Comments: This is absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever knit. It was also one of the most delightful, I never tired of the process. Thank you Andrea for such a lovely experience. Your designs are amazing and the lovely groups of knitters that participate will keep me coming back to all your KALs.

Name: Jean
Ravelry name: Cali1951 on Ravelry
Yarn: 2/24 cashmere/wool blend mill end from E-bay. Approx 1350 yards
Color: Lemongrass
Beads: #8 silver lined crystal beads from Fire Mountain
Edging Beads: 3 mm gold lined peridot magatamas from ArtBeads
Needles: US 2 (2.75mm) US 2 1/2 (3.00mm) & US 3 (3.25mm)
Size: 50’ across
Comments:I really wanted to get a picture outside where the light is better and I could lay it out flat, but there have been 40 mile an hour winds here for the past couple of days and it’s going to rain for the next 4 or 5 days. So as oddly shaped as this looks it really is round.

Name: Amanda
Blog Url:
Rav Name: AmandavW
Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 2 ply in Almond. 1200 yds
Needle Size: 2.25mm (1), 2.75mm (2), 3.25mm (3)
Finished size: 41" (104cm)

Name: Debra Fassler
debola on Ravelry
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere, Colorway #77, Mallard
Approximately 1800 yards
Needles size 3 and 4
After blocking it's approximately 53 inches across
Notes: As I've already told the group, this was a project of "firsts" for me...first circular cast-on that didn't end in (literally) tears, first nupps, and first beads. I never thought I could do a circular shawl, and I don't think I could have done this one without all of the assistance from Andrea and the group. Thanks so much...I look forward to the next KAL, and have a couple of friends that might join us next time!

Was that not just amazing??? To all the members of my Snow Queen group (be you represented with photographs here or not) I thank you for your excellent company throughout this project. Are you all ready to do it again? Stand by for Summer 2010, because I have something fun planned and you will be the first to hear about it! Until next week or there-abouts, knit on!

Late Breaking News! I have a few more Snow Queens to share 4/22/2008. Enjoy!

Name: Mona
Ravelry name: flamewerks
Yarn info: Alpaca with a Twist alpaca/silk in Tamarino (0093) ~ approximately 1700 yds Needle sizes: US3, US4, US5, and US6 for bind-off row only keep it loose since I cast off really tightly Finished size: 66" diameter
Comments: This is a beautiful design and I really enjoyed knitting it. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the KAL.
Name: Pat F
Ravelry name: fenknits
Yarn and amount: Colourmart Cashmere/Silk/Merino 2/28NM Laceweight, not sure but estimated about 1300 yards
Needles:Started on US 2 double-pointed needles and switched to US 3 circulars for most of the shawl and then ended with US 4 needles for finishing the border.
Finished size after blocking: about 58 inches
Modifications: None
Comments:Loved this shawl. I was slow as I had never done such an intricate or large lace project before. I also had never done nupps. It is the most beautiful knitted object I have ever completed.


  1. Yes! Amazing indeed! They are are gorgeous, stunning, and elegant. Congrats to everyone!

  2. Andrea - that is quite an impressive display! It was a very fun project - again, my thanks for all your hard work bringing this to us all!

  3. a great design and every Snow-Queen looks really beautifull.

  4. These are all so beautiful! I'm inspired to bring mine out of UFOness and finish it before summer now.

  5. Insanely gorgeous lacework! Congratulations to you all for creating such beautiful shawls.