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Opulent black
March 1 2016
March 5 2016
Project info
Opulent black
Decay by Christopher Salas
birthday dinner
roobeedoo on ravelry
One size
Needles & yarn
US 3 - 3.25 mm
Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock
1 skein = 464.0 yards (424.3 meters), 100 grams

Yarn from roobeedoo! For birthday bash at 8pm on 5th March, dress code “opulent black”. I’m not a fan of black and it makes me look dead so this seemed a good compromise. After all, we wouldn’t know black/dark existed if it wasn’t for colour/light, and what better than the northern lights?

March 3, 2016

For this, my, what, fifth version of the wonderful Decay pattern, I’ve sort of reversed the instructions. Rather than picking one colour to trigger the eyelets I’ve picked one colour to trigger the garter stitch. So, to put it another way, both the green and pink are worked as eyelets.

March 4, 2016

Used the northern lights until it ran out… row two of about the 62nd repeat. Used leftover black sock yarn to work the last row and cast-off. The problem with regular space-dyed yarn is that, unlike the first picot edge, the little fringe bits demonstrate that regularity with the cast off picots - two pink fringes (maggots, as I refer to them) followed by two black followed by two green followed by two black… and repeat. See the top photo of the boy’s decay for a demonstration of this phenomenon with orange and black. Since all the rest of the shawl is so delightfully random I preferred to disguise this regularity using one colour.

After soaking for half an hour it blocked out to an impressive 62” wide and 24” deep without wrestling. Will shrivel slightly once released from pins and wires no doubt. And will be dry in time for tomorrow!

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by Countess Ablaze
75% Bluefaced Leicester, 25% Nylon
464 yards / 100 grams

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  • Project created: March 2, 2016
  • Finished: March 5, 2016
  • Updated: May 17, 2016
  • Progress updates: 4 updates