So, just on the off-chance that it would also be a good choice, I started knitting Ice Queen. It was a great knit, even though the beads are a story of their own. I bought the beads on the Internet, and, as before when I did that, I managed to buy beads with the tiniest of holes, just big enough for the yarn to pass through - but no way would I be able to use a crochet hook to get them on. As I didn't want to fiddle with metal wire (I did consider it for about two seconds), I decided to thread them. All 300 of them. It took me an evening and lots of sighing and watching TV, but when it was done, it was just a case of just moving them along and knitting them.
The pattern is lovely, and even the picot cast-off was not as complicated as I thought it would be. I love the little twists that are created just before the picots, and will definitely use that technique again in the future.
Before I handed over this handful of squishy, soft goodness to my mom - who loved it and said her friend would love it too - she reminded me to take some pictures for my blog and for Ravelry ;) She knows me too well, haha...
|Don't mind the neck...|
|I love beads...|
|The final result|
The cowl was knit from Drops Kid-silk, colour: naturel. Just under a skein. I used Gutermann white pearls, around 450 ;)