Friday, June 26, 2009

it's a wrap

Swallowtail shawl
when last we left this lumpy shawl, i had finished knitting in 3 days, but it got cast aside until i had time to wash and block it. then it sat in a corner unloved until i found time to take pictures.
Swallowtail Shawl
Swallowtail Shawl, Interweave Knits Fall 2006
Started June 13, Finished June 15
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2ply Rambouillet/Silk handspun, handdyed in brown
Finished size: 60" wide x 34-ish" long (i measured but can't recall exactly)
Swallowtail Shawl
I used larger needles, as my handspun was very thick n thin, from laceweight up to light worsted. i was worried that the variation would obscure the lace pattern, but it didn't seem to matter. the yarn has just a little sheen and beautiful drape, and a comforting weight to it too, like a light blanket. there's no hint of itchiness. i would definitely use a wool/silk blend for lace again.
Swallowtail Shawl
i had more than the required amount of yarn and i knit the shawl as written, but i ran out of yarn about 8 stitches from the end of the bind-off. that really sucked. i ended up using some leftover valley yarns franklin from my dad's socks that was a similar shade. it isn't noticeable in the finished shawl, thank goodness. i guess my recent affinity for all things brown paid off.
Swallowtail Shawl
now that i've caved to the will of the masses, i too have discovered the hatred of nupps. actually they aren't all that bad in theory--it's the practice of doing so many of them at once that totally blows. i got through it, but i don't know that i'd knit this one again. not when there are so many other shawl patterns out there.
Swallowtail Shawl
my favorite styles are the last two pics. will i wear this? maybe. i'm in love with it at the moment. i have a wedding to attend in august so i might wear it at least once. or i might come to my senses, realize that i'll never wear it, and give it away. it's hard to say at this point. it sure is pretty though.

8 comments:

  1. Lovely! Excellent use of your handspun, too! (I'll admire yours from afar, as I'm not sure I could hang with that many nupps.)

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  2. That is gorgeous, and it looks so good on you :)

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  3. Beautiful! I love the color!

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  4. It really is pretty. I love that you did it in your handspun!

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  5. It's pretty! And I'm so glad I'm not the only one that knits something, loves it and then realizes she'll never wear it.

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  6. Ah yes, the magic of blocking... it went from lumpy to lovely. It's absolutely gorgeous, that color is very elegant.

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  7. Gorgeous Swallowtail - You are a MUCH better shawl model than I am - looks like you wear them all the time - will be perfect for the August wedding!

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  8. That is a truly lovely shawl! And the color is great and so versatile!=D

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