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Shetland Triangle April 13, 2009

Posted by lunarawe in evelyn clark, fo, knitting, Knitting - FOs, knitting lace, lace knitting, shawl, shetland triangle.
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Welcome to my 100th blog post!!!!

Finally we have celebrated Kierstin’s birthday so I can show you the big project I was working on in March. This super bright swath of pinkness was in all truthfulness a joy to knit. This is the Shetland Triangle, by Evelyn Clark which many have knit before me.

The lace pattern is deliciously repeated and actually is the only lace project I have seen that lends itself well to airplane travel knitting.

Normally this is a shoulder shawl, so I added an extra four repeats of the body pattern to make it the size I was aiming for. When I saw two skeins of Zephyr Wool-Silk in Dianthus (about as close to Kierstin’s favorite color of pink that I have seen in a lace weight yarn) I knew that a shawl had to be the birthday offering of choice.

The shawl was a pile of pink wavyness when it finally came off the needles (as I continually eyeballed the yarn trying to gauge how many repeats I could really coax out of it… 12 was easy and stress free, I am not sure how some folks on Ravelry have gotten 15 out of these skeins!).

This was my first time knitting lace weight yarn held double. It made a glorious fabric, with wonderful drape. Part of that, of course, is the Zephyr Wool-Silk. Yet I really do love how it feels doubled on itself. But the blocking! Arrgh the blocking!

I have never had a shawl come so close to winning. I swear I was breathing heavily by the time I was done and the next day my arms were sore! It is just a different thing to stretch out doubled yarn. I had no idea. It is gorgeous, sadly none of these pictures really do the shawl justice. But wow that was an experience to behold.

Looking for a New Lace Project October 1, 2006

Posted by lunarawe in evelyn clark, knitting, Knitting - FOs, lace knitting, shawl.
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Now that I am officially done with Sock Wars, it is clearly time to start a new project. Of course, I have tons of works in progress… but this new one is important. I have had a mentor who has given a ton of her time to me over the past three years, and I have been wanting to make her a beautiful shawl as a thank you present. I figured it was about time.

 I completed a this leaf lace shawl about nine months ago


and since then have been giving myself a bit of a break from knitting lace. That one turned out well though, and my mentor is the kind of woman who I think will like something sort of intricate.

I picked a gorgeous jewel tone colorway from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill … Mer-Made Blue Violet in 100% wool.

This is the very beginning of Cheryl Oberle’s Kimono Shawl, from her Folk Shawls book. It is much wider than this, but here at least is a good close up of the yarn and the emerging pattern. Kind of scrunched pre-blocking, but you get the idea. This is supposed to be an extra long shawl – 72 inches all told. This one is not triangular though… so it should make a little more sense to my brain. Here’s hoping. But there is nothing like starting a new project. And this yarn is gorgeous to look at, and very soft and pleasant to knit. I only have about 66 inches left to go! 🙂

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