Friday, March 28, 2008

enough time to pop out a baby

9 months after casting on, the Icarus shawl is finally complete.
Icarus Shawl
Pattern is from Interweave Knits, Summer 2006. Less than one skein of Helen's Lace in Lakeview (pretty sure), #3 addi turbos. I omitted one Chart 1 repeat. the shawl is 60" wide and the perfect size for me.
Icarus Shawl
i love the way this shawl looks. i think that the design is fantastic and very easy to follow. but lordy bejebus was it boring to knit. i finally gave up and started the lace border early b/c i just couldn't stand the stockinette portion anymore. the choice proved to be serendipitous, since another chart 1 repeat probably would've resulted in a shawl that could have swallowed me whole.
Icarus Shawl
i have expressed in the past that i despise lorna's laces sock yarn in multis because of the dreaded pooling. i've probably gone on to curse all things lorna's laces, but i will now eat my words. the colors of icarus could not have resulted in a more harmonious blend of wonderfulness. so painterly, so muted! the yarn really works with the pattern. plus, the added bonus of matching my dress! AND it makes julienned fries!
Icarus Shawl
this yarn was the very gracious gift of pegotty. once upon a time, she decided that she doesn't like knitting with laceweight yarn, so she sent her skein of helen's lace to me. the wool/silk blend blocks and drapes beautifully. it doesn't have much sheen, but it really works well with the colors. i'm not sure of the exact yardage leftover, but i probably have enough to knit a small lace scarf. thank you so much for enabling me to make this gorgeous shawl, even if it did take me 3/4 of a year to knit.

spicy has promised to take me out to dinner one night when it warms up (DAMN YOU, NEW SNOW) so that I can wear it. i can't wait.

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12 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning, and it matches the dress to a T! Did you make the dress? You got a serger right? Do you like it, and does it cut completion time down significantly since it will sew and finish the edges at the same time? My husband just bought me one as a very, very early birthday gift! :)

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  2. Wow! It fits you perfectly :)
    I'm still in shock that someone would just *give* you a whole skein of Helen's Lace. Actually, I'm not in shock, I'm just jealous!

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  3. It's beautiful. That's the perfect color for the pattern. C'mon, springtime weather!

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  4. Ah but unlike a baby, this doesn't poop or spit up on you--it looks great on you!

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  5. It's beautiful! Gorgeous color, perfect size, and it really suits you!

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  6. It is absolutely beautiful and looks amazing on you. Worth the time it too to make.

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  7. It looks beautiful on you--great color, and so elegant! I like the way it's draped in the last picture especially.

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  8. It's so pretty! It looks great on you! Just the right size.

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  9. Gorgeous - Joan sent me the link and I was reading and admiring and empathizing with the endless stockinette portion, and then I realized that it was the yarn that I sent. It turned out beautifully - good job!

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  10. Oh, wow. Not at all overwhelmed by the variegated yarn, looks beautiful, no signs of puking or property damage (side-effects of baby)...
    Amazing. Excellent work, wear it a lot!

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  11. It's beautiful Ms. Gnome! I love that pattern. I haven't knit it up yet, but I will.

    It could very well be lakeview. I am fluent in Lorna's when it is in the skein, but recognize very few colors, especially in Helen's Lace when knit up. It is a great yarn.

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