Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A quick project

Last Tuesday I thought I'd start a small shawl.  I had 99 grams (about 640 m out of the original 1600!) of Fiddlesticks Country Silk left over from the Lotus Blossom Shawl I knit for one of my sisters-in-law last year. This yarn is discontinued, but I see here that you can buy an new incarnation of it, that has been dyed by Fleece Artist.  I'd been wanting to knit something for myself from this yarn ever since I finished that shawl, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. It knits up rather like twine, though softer, but when you immerse it before blocking it blooms into something quite lovely.

So on Tuesday I went on ravelry to find a pattern for a small shawl that I could drape around my neck for a bit of colour without too much bulk.  It took a while, but I finally remembered that I own Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn Clark, and have been itching to knit something from it.  So I chose a simple shawl with a single lace pattern (leaf lace) and went to work.

Here it is last Tuesday evening, after the first chart was knit.
This has been a very quick knit.  I worked on it a bit each evening and by Sunday it was beaded and cast off.
The shawl before blocking.

 And here it is again, this afternoon, after its bath and neatly pinned into its finished dimensions.  It stretched out to about 48" across and 24" tall.
 The colour is probably most accurate in the first photo.  It was hard to get good lighting today - maybe all the snow outside is reflecting too much light...

On Sunday I promised a pair of socks to our young friend, Taylor.  He got to pick out his yarn, and here is a little sock beginning, for the record.

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