Friday, February 21, 2014

Orchid Thief

Awhile back, Jacey and I agreed to do our own 2-person KAL of the Orchid Thief Shawl. I had wanted to knit this shawl for a long time but lacked the motivation to start, so working on it together really helped to keep me on track.

Orchid Thief Shawl

I used Wollmeise Twin in Sternschnuppe and #6 knitpicks harmonies. Although the Wollmeise has 510 yards (plus it's often overweight) and the pattern calls for 440 yards, I ran out of yarn during the bind-off. Obtaining another skein of Wollmeise on the fly isn't exactly an easy proposition. Besides that I just wanted to be done with it. So I grabbed a skein of handspun silk lace from my stash and used it to finish the bind-off. The color was actually remarkably similar but the texture is quite different. So I just tell myself not to look too closely at the bind-off and all is well.

Orchid Thief Shawl

I have to say this was one of the more challenging shawl patterns i've knit. It wasn't terribly difficult skillwise, but the way the pattern is written can be a little confusing and it required me to pay attention more closely than other shawls i've knit. Poor Spicy was shooed away more than once because I couldn't talk to him and knit Orchid Thief without making mistakes.

I also found this shawl very difficult to block. I wish I had learned the string blocking trick for this one and honestly it could use a good re-blocking but I am far too lazy to do it. There are a lot of increases at the bottom for the large leaves and it's tough to find them a place to go. The shawl edging as blocked is a little floppy and ruffly.

Orchid Thief Shawl

This concludes Shawl Week. I probably won't knit any more shawls for a little while. I tell myself all the time that it's a pointless exercise since I don't wear them but I keep getting pulled back in.

8 comments :

Sara said...

Simply beautiful! I know you see flaws, but all I see is a timeless piece:) LOVE THIS!

wombatquilts.com said...

Beautiful. Love the colour.

Kris said...

That is just lovely!

Celtic Thistle said...

Gorgeous!

mle said...

The yellow for this one is gorgeous! really shows off the pattern well.

Quilt Musings said...

So beautiful!! If I could make something like this, (and I truly cannot, tried knitting, just can't get it) I would totally strut like a peacock when wearing it :)

Dk's Wife said...

It is beautiful. I love the color.

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Gorgeous!

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