My New Summer Shawl
I'd started this shawl before I made the Camus Shawl earlier this year. It's my first attempt at any sort of lace knitting and I was able to successfully complete it thanks to a hint from Ms. Oberle herself on my favorite knitting site, Ravelry, Now that I've got the hang of lace knitting I'm loving it ! The simple hint, which is probably obvious to most experienced knitters, was simply to use pattern markers. Worked like a charm!
Knitting is my favorite thing to do in the evenings - makes me feel less guilty about sitting in front of the talking box (aka the tv). This shawl was knit with Filatura Di Crosa Maxime sock yarn. I love the picot edge detail - and that was a first for me as well. So easy and so effective! More techniques for my knitting arsenal tool box! The finished size is 36" X 90" (91.44 cm X 228.60 cm). It blocked out so beautifully. I had also never used blocking wires before and wondered how they would work - the answer is that they work like a dream and are well worth the investment!
|This is the pattern I used. The "Heartland Shawl" from Cheryl Oberle's book "Folk Shawls".|
My copy of "Folk Shawls" is now quite dog- eared and heavily marked with post it's. I am, slowly, working my way through the book! I admire every shawl in the book - with one possible exception - so my small investment in the book is paying off handsomely. I find that shawls are the perfect accessory for the way the way I live and the climate I live in. This one is perfect for our cool early mornings and evenings - even in summer.
My next shawl, on the needles now, is the another shawl from the book - the "Lacy Prairie Shawl". The yarn is from Universal Yarns and features lovely color combinations - it's an acrylic and wool blend( 70% acrylic 30% wool). Not as lovely as my favorite Kuryeon yarn but less costly too. I'll be curious to see how much - or how little- a problem pilling will be. This colorway is called "Tutti Frutti". I wanted something that had blues and purples in it without being too blue. One look at my blog will tell you that I favor warm tones over cool - so I sometimes have to force myself to work on the cooler side.