Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Blocking Party

Tuesday morning I made a quick trip to the Hillcreek for some woolwash so that I could finish up a couple of shawls for my guild meeting that night. I put one of the shawls in the Princess's room, and the other in the living room and prayed that they would be dry on time! As is usual for me, as soon as I picked them up off the floor I fell completely in love. Lacewing by Anne Hanson of KnitSpot
Yarn - The Unique Sheep Laceweight (formerly Liisu Yarns, the yarn is sadly discontinued), 3 skeins Meadowlight
Needles - Addi Turbo US 4 and 6, 24 inch
Time to Knit - Feb. 28 - March 27, 2009
Finished Size - 82 inches across tip edge, 30 inches long

I did this one because I fell in love with the insects across the bottom. The yarn had been in my stash for a couple of years, and I felt it brought to mind a quiet little pond on a summer's day. For me, it was quite simply the perfect marriage of pattern and yarn.

A big thank you to my BKB for modeling! We were both a tad on the scruffy side that day....and her pictures won out because she was less so than I was.

In fact, she might hurt me when she sees that I used the picture with her face and ponytail...
Laminaria, by Elizabeth Freeman in Knitty, Spring of 08
Yarn - Dream in Color Smooshy, 3 skeins Strange Harvest
Needles - Addi Turbo US 7, 32 inch
Time to knit - April 14 to May 11, 2009
Size - 82 inches across top, 45 inches long
I wanted another fingering weight shawl because I've found that they are the true workhorse shawls in my drawer. I knew I wanted a triangular shawl, and I knew I wanted it to be pretty big. I had purchased the yarn with an eye towards a triangular shawl, but for some reason I had resisted pairing it with this particular pattern. Silly me. Once I got going, I fell in love with the way the subtle variegation played with the pattern. In order to use up as much yarn as possible, I added an extra two repeats of the blossom pattern in the middle....and in the end I wound up with only 30 grams leftover. Perfect!


margene said...

Oh dear, it seems your blog isn't updating in a timely manner. I completely missed your last few posts. Please accept my apology for making a comment that was inappropriate. You are well organized and driven and neither come second nature to me. Chock up my comment to envy and continue to make your lists!

margene said...

Your shawls are amazing! They are both so beautiful and you knit them so quickly

Bonnie said...

How do you knit lace so fast?????

They're both pretty, but I am especially drawn to the colors in the Laminaria.

A Day That is Dessert said...

These are so beautiful - works of art! And your friend doesn't look scruffy to me :)

Anne said...

Wow! Yes - both are absolutely perfect marriages of yarn and pattern. I had been looking at Lacewing just the other day as a "possible", but now that I've seen yours, it's a "must do"!

Paula said...

That is an absolutely stunning shawl. Your lace knitting is outstanding!