Thursday, April 03, 2008

Shawl finally blocked!

This is the shawl I knitted during the knitalong and finally blocked. I used some of my own hand painted 8/2 tencel in the Blue Bayou colorway and used less than half of the 8 oz. skein. It's nice to wear to church or with a pair of jeans.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Two shawls in progress

Mary D and Debbie are relatively new knitters in my knitting group. They bought the pattern and are having a good time doing it. At first they both thought the pattern was beyond them, but have discovered that they CAN do it! I'm proud of them!

Debbie is knitting hers out of Webs Barrington Mohair -- the rust isn't on this page, but the yarn is magnificent! Doesn't it look good? We'll block it sternly, and the lace pattern will really sing! She wants to make the smaller shawl at this point, she doesn't want to stop at the scarf.

Mary D is using Heritage Yarns Cloud 9 in Black and Grey in a Rainbow World. She hasn't stated how big she is going to make it -- she gets distracted by her other projects. The marking rings are NOT knit in, but got caught by her lifeline. When she takes that out, they will drop off. I've done THAT!

Debbie didn't join this blog, Mary did, but insists she doesn't know how to upload photos, so I did!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Re: Progress Report

Hmmm, Mary asked how we are doing, those of us still working on our shawls. I wrote on my Serenity Farms blog about the progress of my shawl - if you visit the blog, scroll down to the entry Just In Time to read more about it.

Here is where I am at, basically - My Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl has been sitting at my side, waiting for me to decide whether she will grow up to be a real shawl or be content as a shoulder scarf. I love the pattern, I love the yarn, I love the color play, I have loved praying for a precious friend (Dale - who is doing so good, Praise God!) while knitting...but I am still not convinced I love this yarn, on these needles, in this pattern - you know, the combination. Its bugging me and so I am trying to ignore my commitement to the thing. Do I continue through the few remaining balls of this one of a kind yarn to complete the shawl, only to find I dislike it even after blocking? Do I stop at the end of this repeat, block it and find out I love it and hate myself for not plodding ahead (and by the way, that would leave me with two balls of the yarn and not enough yardage to make anything else with...) My inclination is to forge ahead and complete the shawl. If nothing else I love the color of the yarn, and the way it feels, even if it does not do justice to the lovely pattern. will just have to stay tuned to see what fickle Cary decides (grin)

Don't you just love seeing Eve's beautiful prize winning shawl though? Congratulations Eve!!!!

I guess I would also have to say that what has been helpful in knitting this project, to me, IS the support and encouragement of everyone else knitting on the shawl ;)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Wedding Shawl earns some ribbons...

Along with several other things, I entered the wedding shawl in the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festivalskein and garment competition. All but one of my items did well, earned a ribbon. But, what I was pretty pleased with, particularly cause my daughter went to the festival with me this year, was how well the shawl did. Here is a photo I took at the festival. Unfortunately it wasn't spread out to show it off properly, but safety was an issue and so it was carefully draped around the form.

And a photo of it taken shortly after I'd finished it.

Thanks to Jackie for a beautiful pattern that worked so wonderfully with the yarn I chose for my daughter's shawl.


Sunday, September 10, 2006

What has been the most helpful in knitting your shawl?

I was wondering if you have any suggestions/tips/whatever to pass on to others knitting this shawl?

I figure with the number of completed shawls, perhaps there is a goldmine of tips to be shared. Anyone willing to share?

Mary Hunt

Saturday, September 09, 2006

How are you doing?

How are you doing on your shawl? I know there are still people working away on their shawls, I'd love to know how it is coming!

How about a check-in? Mary D, Debbie, who else is still working on theirs?


Thursday, August 24, 2006

Progress Report?

I'm curious how those still knitting away on the shawl are doing. Just because some of us have finished does NOT mean we aren't interested in your progress! Please let us know!

Mary Hunt

Friday, August 18, 2006

Finally I blocked my shawl which has been done for 2.5 months! Here are some pictures. It was knit with some Knit Picks Dye Your Own, which I had purchased from someone on eBay who had done a lovely job dyeing it. It's quite a large shawl, about 48" long and 96" wide. That sounds humongous, but on a larger person it fits nicely, wrapping around without being skimpy. This will be gifted through my shawl ministry. There are more pictures and info on my blog if you are interested in knowing/seeing more. Keep knitting's really nice when done and I think I'm going to knit another one for me! :o) Posted by Picasa

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Almost finished

I am almost finished my shawl. I found an error a few rows back, but just unraveled the stitches involved and redid it, then cut and knotted to get rid of the extra yarn (I had left out a decreace). I'm up to about 200 stitches now, so five or six rows - I'm not unravelling 1,200 stitches, uh uh, no way. It turns out I inserted the decreaces a couple of rows too soon, but I don't care. A blind man would be glad to see it...

I'll post a picture when I'm finished.....


Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Knitalong Cancelled

Margaret and I had planned a new Knitalong. But we were sidelined by health issues that are going to prevent it. We are disappointed, and sorry to disappoint you! There are some things that can't be avoided!

This blog will continue to function, to encourage people who are knitting this pattern.

Margaret Pittman and Mary Hunt

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong

Hi Everyone,

I just can't believe how fast this second shawl is coming along! I am at 18 repeats right no (been working on it for 9 days!), and I think it needs to have about 22 repeats(about 40 more rows) to make a 54" shawl for my Grandmother.

I am very lucky to still have both my Grandmothers at the age of 44. My oldest son is 22 and he has them as Great-Grandmothers...isn't that fantastic? I know she will be totally thrilled with it. Of course, then I need to make a third one for my other Grandmother too!!! I have three children at home too ages 12 (daughter), 9 (son), and 6 (son)...all from the same brood...been married for 25 years now. (That's my family--also have two pugs, a 14lb persian cat, and 2 angora rabbits)

My daughter has been admiring my shawl too! Maybe I need to make a fourth shawl? Is anyone else thinking about doing some for gifts? I never make anything for myself usually. My knitting is always a gift for someone.

Has anyone thought about shawl pins? There are some beautiful patterns for beaded broaches and some really "elegant" stuff to go with the shawl?

Thanks for all the compliments. I love the rich color too. It will go with so many things. It is the color of stitching in jeans too, and could even be worn with more casual stuff? The shawl can be dressed up or more casual. The baby alpaca is so wonderful and blocked out like a dream.

I checked in to see if anyone was talking about the next knit-a-long.

Bye for now,
Lisa in Pulaski, WI

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong

Close Ups to Come

Hi Everyone,
Here are two pictures of my finished shawl! I need to take some close-ups too. It took me a bit here to figure out how to post the pics.

I am really proud of it of course! I am going to try to post some pictures showing more detail of the stitches too. The shawl is so light, but very warm. It is done on size 5 needles with a sport weight baby alpaca yarn. I have knitted anything like this before.

Here is a shocker...I started another one with the same yarn for my Grandmother in a nursing home. I am going to make her a 54" shawl to match mine. I will be visiting her in November in Maine.

I took these pictures in 90+ degree weather here in steamy Wisconsin. I want to take some with a more artistic flare later! Maybe find a sleak stylish model?LOL

Pulaski, WI

Friday, July 14, 2006

About Done???

About done? Am I about done? Bwahahahahahahahahahah, noooooooooooooo, I'm not. She of the ever expanding pile of ufos, er I mean projects, and mother of preschoolers and bickering nine and eleven year olds? No, not me.

It is beautiful, though. I was working on it while visiting with a friend, and I kept saying, "Oh, look at that pretty colour" "Oh, look what colour has popped up now".

Kate, whose little boys are finally asleep, so she should be too.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Hi Everybody,
Well, I finished my shawl last night (at about midnight!) It is so beautiful, and I am going to block it tonight (couldn't find my t-pins and had to go out and buy some...)

My son had to go back in for more medication with the pneumonia today. It isn't any worse, and he didn't have to go into hospital this time, but he is still fighting the bugs. Thanks for all the well wishes! He is all of 44 lbs...and so little...he tugs at my heart.

Wait until you see my shawl! Figured at this point should just block it and post the pics...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wedding Shawl...

It's been a little over a week since the wedding and while I don't yet have photos from the photographer, I thought I'd post an update.

Tina wore the shawl for only a short while and for a few photos. Everyone who saw the shawl commented on how pretty it was.

Since I had so much yarn leftover from the shawl, I decided to make something for the bridesmaids with it. I had less than a week to work on something, but an article in the most recent Spin Off magazine gave me an idea of what to make. The article was about chiengora yarn (dog hair) and included a pattern for coin purses. I'd planned to make a coin purse for myself using yarn made from Lila and Dafni's hair, the two dogs we lost recently, but I thought the alpaca yarn would also work well for my project. You can see the coin purses by visiting my blog Garden Of Eve. We tucked a pretty compact mirror into each one of the coin purses and gave them to the bridesmaids at the rehearsal dinner, they were thrilled with the little purses. I made an extra one for my daughter and it is what she used the day of the wedding. And would you believe I still have yarn left from that 1 skein of yarn? I'm setting it aside for something special.

Is everyone just about done with their shawls? I'm looking forward to starting another one, but have so much catching up to do around here, that I'm having trouble finding time to sit and knit.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Back in the saddle again

Hi everyone !
I had lost my password and could only read your posts. But now I am back in the saddle, and can communicate too.
I have been knitting along little by little. It seems to take for ever to do one row ! But I know I am more than 1/2 way, because I am on the second ball of yarn !
Yes margaret, I am ready for a new project, even if I am not finished with this one.

Call for Pictures/Another Knitalong?

Hi everyone,

I've been updating and simplifying my website and would love to feature any of your shawls. (I may have to feature a few at a time so that download time will be easier.) If you are willing, let me know by email at and send a picture or permission to copy from the blog.

I am making some progress on my shawl and know that with tencel, I will be working on it intermittently while working on other projects. Anyone game for another knitalong soon?


Sunday, July 02, 2006

Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong

I finished blocking my shawl in Cloud 9 Blue Bayou today. I was surprised at how well this yarn blocked, it didn't seem like I would be able to get much out of it. I soaked it in some lavendar wool wash and then spun it in the machine. I pinned it to the corner of the bed, point at the corner, so I could control the length of the sides. Used two small fans on it for about 5-6 hours and it dried nicely. As soon as I tack down the two ends it will be in the mail to my good friend Sandy in LA.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Shawl knitting Comfort

Hi Everyone!
I am getting close to being finished! I had a long stint in the hospital with my 6 year old while being treated for pneumonia--3 days(he is much better now!)...I spent many hours knitting on my shawl this week while staying with him in the room. What a calming effect it has upon my nerves. I have been knitting on this since May 1st, and it has taught me so many things about myself. Even if I don't have a monetary value for this shawl, I think it has given me much more.

I was on another knitalong site and found a post by a woman that went through the struggles that have faced all of us and thought you might all enjoy reading her blog site. She finished a beautiful Flower Basket Shawl.

I will be blocking this shawl soon. It is too awkward to take pics of right now...all bunched up on the needles. I have 28 repeats on the needles (420 stitches) and plan on doing one more 20 row repeat and perhaps another 20 rows on those stitches and then cast off. It is going to be a beauty! I am getting really excited about finishing it.
(It takes me about 1/2 hour to finish a row right now!)
Pulaski, WI

Happy 4th!

Gosh, no one has posted in quite some time, so that must mean we are all busy knitting away on our shawls. I am still going strong on my second go-round and have almost caught up to where things went haywire a few weeks ago. I have changed needles, also, and am liking the Inox grays very much. Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July holiday.
Sue J.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

My Elegantly Tri. Shawl

I have been very sick the last month so not much done on the tri. shawl. But now I am on the road to recovery that I can start to work on the shawl again . Every one's shawl looks wonderful and I can't wait to get mine done. Happy knitting.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Here are a couple of pictures of my shawl. It is in Cloud 9 Rainbow Irridescence and will look wonderful with a couple of the tops I plan to take on my trip!


Monday, June 19, 2006

"Finished and So Many Compliments"

I finished my Shawl on Friday. I wore it out Saturday evening and OH SO MANY compliments. I couldn't believe it. I just finally figured out how to post a photo. I enjoyed knitting it and someday soon I will start another one. I enjoyed the group and posts.The lovely model is my sweet, little (soon to 80 years young) mother. Thanks for letting me share. Sheila


I finished the shawl - probably have some mistakes, but I certainly cannot see them and on a galloping horse as they say........It is currently drying during the blocking process. I hope I can figure out how to post a picture. I'm so glad that I finished it to take on my cruise. We leave on Saturday. It was close. Now I just have to figure out what I can take to knit while I am gone that won't take up too much room in my suitcase. The shawl doesn't take up much space, but the unknit balls do so I probably won't do another one of those.


Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong

Hello Everyone!
Wow, the wedding shawl is too beautiful for words! Sue, I hear you about ripping back. I think I have knit this shawl three times? I am at about 60 inches I think, but it is all scrunched up on the needles, so that is an estimate based on the number of stitches I have....and I will have to promise again to post a picture!! Maybe I will do a close up too...I hope to finish it soon, but those rows keep getting longer and longer...

Hope everyone is enjoying the project! I have found it challenging and hopefully I will have the shawl for many years to come. Does anyone have any idea what a shawl like this will be worth? I have many many hours into it and many to go to reach the 72" benchmark.

Bye for now,
Lisa in Sunny Pulaski, WI

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Oops, Forgot

Its me again - grin! I wanted to say that the close up photo of my shawl in progress was taken outside in the shade of my yard yesterday. Temperatures soared to 98 degrees here with high humidity, so the shade of the trees was the best place to be in the afternoon. So you are seeing the colors of the shawl in the dappled sunlight and shade ;)

Hope you enjoy the colors!

Hugs again,

June Progress

Our list has been slow this past month ;) For us at Serenity Farms, June brings the start of Farmers Market; hay making season and like everyone else the usual avalanche of weddings and graduations to celebrate!

But, I have been slowly stealing time for a few rows at a time and the prayer time to go along with it. I am including a photo of my shawl in progress, knit from the handspun, hand dyed alpaca yarn. Since it is nearly impossible to see its shape spread out, I thought I would take a closer picture to share.

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You don't see much stitch definition, but I think you get an idea of the pretty colors. I am only through my third repeat of section B, just starting my fourth and just started with a second ball of the yarn.

Look forward to seeing more shawls as everyone finishes or progresses!


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Blocking Cloud 9

I've never blocked a cotton/rayon blend. Is the process the same as a wool shawl? I'm using Cloud 9 in the Bird of Paradise colorway and am getting ready to bind off.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Wedding Shawl & future shawl.

The bridal shower was this past weekend and my daughter loved the shawl. I had my camera with me and would you believe I forgot to take a photo of her modeling it?

It's been a tearful past few days, we lost another one of our dogs, details and photos on my Garden Of Eve blog. I'm planning on blending Dafni's hair with that of her grandmother Lila, the dog we lost 2 months ago and plan to make a shawl and a scarf with chiengora yarn. I'm considering this pattern for the shawl, but will also be looking for pawprint type lace patterns. A project for after the wedding. Any suggestions would be appreciate...

But what I meant to share in the way of tearful event, was that while looking for elegant wrapping paper to wrap the shawl in, I spotted a kids wrapping paper in a strawberry shortcake motif. When Tina was about 3 years old, she had a doll that would blow strawberry scented kisses when you squeezed her tummy and she loved that doll. I bet it's stored in the attic with all her other stuff. Anyway, the sight of that paper brought me to tears... I was a mess! sheesh!

When Tina saw the gift wrapped in that silly paper, she smiled and thought there was something silly inside as well. After the initial surprise she asked when I'd had time to work on it without her seeing it, and then realized why it was I was always telling her to go home.

I'd tucked in a note saying that each stitch represented prayers and hugs. Everyone liked it very much, but afraid to touch it or take it out of the box. On my photo list for the photographer is one of Tina wearing the shawl. Even if it's a hot day, she can wear it for a few minutes.

All is well!

Thanks so much to all who gave me such encouragement yesterday. I did sound pathetic, didn't I? I'm happy to report that yesterday morning I sat down to a new shawl with different yarn (couldn't save the tencel, so I'll make something else out of the remainder). This time I am using a solid color so that I can really see the pattern as it progresses. I knit for most of the day and am already on my fourth repeat of Chart B. You were right-it went much faster this time. Do I have a lifeline in? You bet!
Many thanks for all the posts. It meant so much to know everyone has "been there, done that."
Sue J.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


In an effort to not sound to pathetic, I am in despair. Yesterday I lost the entire shawl to a huge error on my part-over confidence and slippery stitches on the needle. It happened in a heartbeat. To make a long story short, I became over-confident and took out my lifeline because it was driving me crazy, always getting in the way. About an hour later, you guessed it! I accidentally dropped 6 or 7 stitchess off the needle and couldn't recover. I tried for an hour to either pick them back up or insert a lifeline severals rows down and rip down to that. Nothing worked. As my frustration and grief grew, I knew I just had to put it away. I will try one more time. If that doesn't work, I will start over with different yarn. I'm not giving up, just realizing that some lessons in life really hurt. Oh well, all things happen for a reason.
Sue J.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Dum Dum dee dum ...

Five days till the shower and the wedding shawl is done! The first photo shows how fine it is even though I used two strands of the alpaca yarn and size 6 needles. My rhodos are big so it doesn't give a good idea of size.

This photo of the shawl on the garden bench/arbor shows the size better.

A close up.

I hope my daughter likes it and that her wedding day isn't a scorcher so she can use it.


Monday, June 05, 2006

knitting a new life

Well ladies, I have not knit but one row since my last post. How pathetic is that? Indefensible, I know. The cause of my neglect can be placed on no other shoulders but my own, because I do ultimately choose how to spend my time.

However, indulge me a little. I met a tall, handsome, kind, sweet, loving, intelligent, spiritual, handy, stable, good with my kids man at Bible study almost to the day of my last post. And since then, I have become like a 17 year old again. Giddy and silly, trying to take myself sternly in hand and evaluate with unsympathetic eyes his potential as a future mate, but alas, to no avail....

I am in love! He is new to the area and asked me to look for a house for him to fix up and sell, but then in the same breath he tells me he wants to still have time for me and the girls and is worried that a fixer upper may put a strain on us. Did I mention thoughtful too? Ah well....

The other shawls posted here have been calling to me. Today, I am committed to at least three rows on this lovely, lace-knitting addictive shawl. Really, I will. Honest, I promise. Yes, I will. Really. Truly.



Me, too!

I'm still knitting along, as well. I'm not knitting 10 rows a day anymore-more like 4-5 rows-because of the number of stitches on the needle. I have used about 3 oz of tencel and have around 330 stitches on the needle, so the rows go much slower. I have 22- 15 stitch repeats. I think I'm going to use 2 more oz of tencel and then stop. I love to see eveyone else's work, and will post a picture when I am done and the shawl is blocked. Congratulations to everyone who has finished this beautiful project. I, too, can't wait for the next KAL. And many thanks to all who have been so encouraging. I am officially hooked on lace knitting!
Sue J.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Working along

I haven't posted at all lately as I've been at fiber events the past two weekends. I have had a little knitting time. I'm now up to 18 repeats - I stretched out one repeat as it would be blocked and it measures 4" so that would mean 72" across. Can anyone help me to guesstimate the length, is there a formula. I think I will wait until I'm done to post any photos as I just don't have the room to even pin it out right now. Mine will get blocked in the great outdoors. I have done this before by laying a sheet on the ground, pinning the shawl out (with blocking wires of course) and covering with another sheet. Barring rain it is usually dry when I get home at the end of the day.

Happy Knitting


I am well along now having almost finished one ball yarn, but I have a looong way to go. Guess I don't have as much knitting time as some of you. I try to do a few rows a night, but get sleepy even though I love the pattern. My colors are very bright and I hope to have the shawl done for a cruise we are taking the end of the month. I have never blocked anything this big and don't know how long it will take to do. Do I just wet and stretch or do I need to wash? How long will it take to dry? Do I need to buy any special blocking tools? I'll try to take a picture in the next few days and see if I can figure out how to post it.

Where is my shawl?

LOL - I haven't posted for a bit, and have not had much time in the past few days to knit on my shawl (or anything else for that matter) but I AM still working on it (and praying) when I can, even one or two rows. I have nearly finished with the first ball of handspun laceweight and have three more small balls to work with, so I imagine this will end up as a generous sized scarf. I love the colors and the pattern, it really has become such a rhythmic thing that I hate when I only have time to do a few rows - but life's work sometimes demands attention, too, doesn't it?

Really enjoying everyones progress and those who have finished! Can't wait to see what Margaret and Mary and Jackie will cook up for us next..I think I heard rumors of another KAL?

Cary at Serenity Farms

Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong

Good Morning

I have gotten the shawl past the Barbie stage and into the American Girl Stage! Well, actually, it is past the American Girl stage now and moving more quickly now. I have finally gotten the rhythm of the knitting and when I get a chance to work on it--it goes well. So many of you have gotten it finished and they are beautiful! Mine is rather plain being in a light ecru color, but I am loving how wonderfully soft and luscious this Elann Cashmere is knitting up. I can't wait to wear it! Back to the needles!!

Friday, June 02, 2006


I'm so excited! I finally finished! I have been near completion for almost two weeks but have been in kind of a knitting slump. Last night I finished the shawl. It's width will be 84-90 inches when blocked...I don't know exactly because I'm not going to have time to block it until next weekend probably. This weekend I am photographing a wedding and it's the last full week of school for hubby who is a teacher, so lots going on in our house. I will post some pictures later so you can see! In the meantime I cast on this morning for another shawl, Sivia Harding's Shetland Garden Faroese shawl, which will also be for someone in my shawl ministry. I'm using a pale green Zephyr wool/silk. I want to get this done before the end of summer so I can participate in another KAL, because this one has been so much fun!

Keep knitting ladies! I know it gets to be a little struggle when you get to the long rows at the end, but you can make it! I get really excited to see how everyone's turns out. I love to see all the different colors and possibilities. I know I will be doing this one again! Eve's photo on the bleeding hearts...I think that would make an awesome photo for Jackie to use on the pattern! (not that the current one is horrible...I just thought it was so beautifully and artistically shot! Great job Eve!)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Yeah !!!! We have pictures!!!

Back from Pennsylvania, Maryland and this is my progress so far. I do love this shawl.
Im using Cloud , that I got from Margaret, in Natural.
I then dyed it using a mixture of Rit and Cushings. I call this Vineyard. It is lighter with more contrast than the pictures show.
There is a light lavender,and an almost periwinkle blue. Also a bit of tan and a sort of wine color where the tan and violet merge. Oh Well, I guess Ill get better at this whole picture, posting, computer,thing.
Im so happy now to be home. It is wonderful to travel. I met so many amazing people. But like someone once said "Theres no place like home "
Eh, Toto.
Oh yes, Im using size 4 needles and liking the size of lace.
Enjoying also reading and seeing what everyone else is doing. So inspiring.
Til later then, Blessings to you all, Sue

Help please

Elegantly Simple Triangular Shawl Knitalong
Hi everyone,
Im back and have pictures. Can someone please tell me how to post them??
Sue in San Diego

Monday, May 29, 2006

Casting Off!!!!!

How did these souls manage?? ...gathering peat and knitting so that not a moment is lost???

We are so pampered in comparison!....

I'm finally heading into the end here and have cast off half of the stitches tonight. The rest will happen tomorrow and I hope there will be blocking tomorrow as well. Then we'll see if I achieved anywhere near the generous size I had wanted. I think I've used about 1000 yds total (a bit more than 2 skeins of the eBay handpaint laceweight.)