Lady Eleanor at 4 Balls

Jeepers! Thank you SO MUCH for all the nice things you said about my Norwegian Stockings! That's the most comments I've ever received on a finished project. I hope those who are inspired by them go ahead and buy Folk Socks and attempt this fine project. And for those who asked about the shoes, they're from Aerosoles (style: "Continue").

I'm plugging along on Lady Eleanor. This pattern is fabulous in its simplicity. It's one of those whose beauty rests in its role as a vehicle for bringing out the beauty and texture of the yarn used. Folks, I think we (you and I, collaboratively) did a great job choosing a Silk Garden colorway for this pattern, don't you?

Lady Eleanor 4 Balls

And the back side is just as lovely:

Lady Eleanor Wrong Side

The color is much better here than it was in the lightless basement of a New Jersey split-level. But she won't change much between now and when she's finished, so the next you'll see of her will be in all her completed, tasseled glory! (UPDATE: Oh, and yes, Ms. Gleek, entrelac is much easier than it looks!)

Sarah came over last night and we tried kool-aid dyeing some self-striping sock yarn according to Eunny's tutorial. Mercifully there are no photos. It was pretty much an exercise in excessive bumbling. We broke some stuff. And stained some stuff. And it's unclear whether our measurements were accurate enough to result in actual self-striping yarn. Afterward we promptly removed to Cocoa Bar because I needed a stiff drink and Sarah needed milk and cookies.

But hey, do you like Sarah's new hat? It's a gift for a friend of hers. She combined the Kittyville Hat and this earflap hat pattern from

Sarah's Hat
Posted by jess at December 30, 2005 10:35 AM

Oh, my God. The stole looks amazing, cushy and rich and sophisticated and squishy.

Posted by: eunny at December 30, 2005 11:01 AM

wow! entrelac is so crazy looking hard but i've heard that it's much easier than it looks... and i really love the size of this pattern ESPECIALLY with the silk garden. gonna be lovely for sure!

Posted by: gleek at December 30, 2005 11:06 AM

Long time lurker here....

The stole is so gorgeous I had to de-lurk and oohh and ahh over it. It's amazing and the colors are beautiful.

Posted by: Sarah at December 30, 2005 11:15 AM

this colorway is so much prettier. you have once again inspired me to seek this one out should there be another chance for me to knit with SG. love the entralec.

Posted by: blossom at December 30, 2005 11:18 AM

I absolutely love the progress on the stole. I can't wait to see the finished project. I really might have to add this to my ever-growing list. (sigh)

Posted by: Stephanie at December 30, 2005 11:20 AM

Your Lady Eleanor is turning out fab! Maybe I'll find a good deal for some Silk Garden at Stitches West so I can start my own.

Posted by: Angela at December 30, 2005 11:33 AM

Oh my. Eleanor, she is loverly!

I'm working with Silk Garden #203 (denim, lime, charcoal) right now, making a Klaralund. I'm not sure I'm too pleased with the way the yarn is striping, so you are defintely causing me to consider ripping it and making Eleanor instead!

Posted by: julia at December 30, 2005 11:34 AM

Wow, how pretty that sweater is turning out to be! Can't wait to see it always Noro impresses too!

Posted by: Roxanne at December 30, 2005 12:04 PM

I'm loving the back side of the entrelac -- very interesting texture!

Posted by: Gina at December 30, 2005 1:30 PM

Lady Eleanor looks wonderful! I am actually doing one as well w/ Noro Silk Garden and alternating #224 and #203. You inspired me to get Folk Socks...waiting for it to arrive at my local Borders...and going to use a chocolate brown baby Ull with baby pink (contrast) and cream as other color.

It's true...I found entrelac to be a lot easier than I expected. So hence the need to be challenged with Fair Isle.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Phoebe at December 30, 2005 1:47 PM

The colors are awesome! I can't wait to see this finished. And I love Sarah's hat. I've been looking for a good earflap hat.

Posted by: Jenn at December 30, 2005 2:12 PM

Your Lady is a beaute, even in her infancy. It's great to see so many patterns that I don't often find appealing until I see someone in the process of making them. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Posted by: Jojo at December 30, 2005 2:16 PM

I am so impressed with Lady Eleanor! Fabulous.

Dyeing takes a bit of practice. My first several times weren't so good. And I've never been able to get good colors out of KoolAid, so I mostly use Wilton's cake dyes. Hopefully I can adapt the self-striping directions to use Wilton's!

Posted by: Chris at December 30, 2005 5:54 PM

Absolutely beautiful! I attempted to start the stole but my project looked like a mess. I see that you started the Lady Eleanor on a pair of Lantern Moons (?) and switched to a circular pair. Perhaps that will help me to stabilize my first row and prevent it from bunching up and "confusing" the heck out of me! What type, size and length were the first pair of needles and the second? Thanks.

Posted by: Saleknitter at December 31, 2005 9:35 AM

Now I'm tempted to try Eleanor. Pretty indeed. I had sworn off Noro, but now...

Happy New Year!

Posted by: chica at December 31, 2005 11:35 AM

I can't describe how beautiful it is! It's looks like the most difficult pattern ever. I just have to try it though! Can't wait to see it finished.

Posted by: Sally at December 31, 2005 1:37 PM

I love your Lady Eleanor! It's made for Noro yarns, isn't it?!? Or, Noro is made for patterns like that... Whichever it is, it's beautiful!

Posted by: grumperina at January 1, 2006 7:06 PM

ooooh ooooh now I REALLY want to make Lady Eleanor... BEEEEEUUUUTIFUUUUL

Posted by: stinkerbell at January 3, 2006 6:09 AM

the stockings are amazing but lady eleanor is gorgeous! the colors, the pattern, it's all very great. and very tempting too ;)

happy 2006, jess!

Posted by: andrea at January 5, 2006 5:28 PM

Gorgeous colors!!

Posted by: Manasi at July 23, 2006 2:16 PM

lady eleanor pattern

where can I get this pattern?

Posted by: Richard at March 23, 2007 12:35 PM