I made this set last weekend and find, again, that I adore these pieces! This is the first time I have done a nearly random mix of stones (three colors of freshwater pearls, in this case) in the Viking knit section. I wish that I also had different sizes of each color so that I could have the piece larger in the center than at the sides. I find it immensely difficult, however, to find pearls that are of the same dye lot that are in different sizes, and more specifically, in smaller sizes. I need pearls that range from 2 mm to 5 mm. I can find white pearls more easily so I am considering the possibility of dying my own pearls. Has anyone done this?
The other new thing about this necklace is the hook and eye. Well, the eye portion, really. I needed to make sure the eye was truly secure, so I soldered it closed. Nothing earth-shattering, to be sure, but a new addition for me!
I already know what the next two (TWO!) necklaces will be; I have had the pearls for months and now know that I was waiting for this design to emerge. I also think I shall make matching bracelets.