I love it! The colors are good and it is long and warm for wrapping up on a cold day. It's almost sad to finish it now because it will be put away until next fall. I love how the long color repeats of the Silk Garden work with the rectangle pattern of the entrelac. I hope to be able to mimic these results with hand spun yarn sometime soon.
Knitting entrelac is actually pretty simple. It does get a little monotonous turning the work around for each row of each rectangle. You can accomplish the same thing without turning the work around if you learn to knit backwards. Really all that is purling without turning your work around.
There are all kinds of tutorials on accomplishing this. There is an article on Knitty, or do a search on Google or even you tube to watch it. I tried it and it was a little awkward for me, but I think if I would have stuck with it I would have been able to get the hang of it. I must admit I gave up on it really quick.
In the end, turning the work just didn't bother me that much. Otherwise this is a really straight forward project and is was a lot easier than I ever thought it would be. I guess that goes to show I shouldn't put off the hard stuff for later - you never know what you're missing.
I have some Silk Garden Lite stashed away to make a lighter weight version of this stole. I'll probably wait a little while to cast on though. I have some other projects I'd like to do first. Sometimes I really just wish I could knit all day.
Pattern: Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole by Kathleen Power Johnson
published in Scarf Style from Interweave Press
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden; color # 258
11 skeins = 1342.0 yards
Needles: addi TURBO - US# 9 (5.5 mm)
Finished Width: 19 inches
Finished Length: 78 inches
Notes: The stole is unblocked, I like the texture. I followed the pattern as written and continued until I had used 11 skeins. I ended up with about 2-3 yards leftover. The stole is made up of the base row, 51 tiers, and the final row of triangles.