Monday, April 16, 2007



Pattern: Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl, by Susan Pierce Lawrence. Available here. Very well-written pattern that contains tips and tricks for knitting lace, simple row instructions, and two charts. This is a Mother's Day present for my stepmom. It was supposed to be a Christmas present, but my interpretation of the "Flower Basket Shawl" pattern was disastrous.
Yarn: Alpaca With A Twist Fino, 70% alpaca, 30% silk, 100g ball. Held double-stranded and used 60g of yarn.
Needles: Addi Natura size 8
Modifications: Well, obviously, the yarn. The pattern calls for Wool in the Woods but I wanted to see if I could use this yarn instead. I worked 11 repeats of the body pattern instead of 10. I had enough to do more but after that each repeat encompassed about 1600 stitches and I didn't really want it huge.
Finished size: about 30" x 50" after blocking
Started / finished: Friday April 6 / Saturday April 14

Blocking this piece was another experience that left me equally excited and terrified. Would it open up like I thought it would? Was I pinning it too tightly? Would the cat PLEASE get off the thing? I don't think I'll be knitting a shawl again anytime soon. Though this was fun to make, I am not a shawl kind of gal.

As a treat for finishing this on time, I bought myself "Favorite Socks" last night. I may start with those intarsia footlets. I'm fairly fascinated by PGR's ultimate intarsia technique. Best I can tell, she has you knit the sock with one right-side and one wrong-side row each round, so both yarns end up in the same place. I've got some wool in the stash for them, at any rate.


Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

The shawl is gorgeous!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Just beautiful!! A great present!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Mama-E said...


8:54 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

It's totally gorgeous!

Hee hee - there's some sort of call that blocking lace makes to cats...

9:41 AM  
Blogger twellve said...

this made me crack up:

"Would the cat PLEASE get off the thing?"

i know exactly what you mean!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Wow! That's a lot of knitting in a short amount of time.

I'm thinking about doing myself a shawl, but I'm still scared of the idea of a commitment that large.

10:24 AM  
Blogger MezzoDiva said...

You are the bionic knitter!
That shawl is a thing of beauty.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Niquie said...

That looks awesome Jen! you do great work!

5:53 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

LOVE the color. It's just an overall gorgeous piece of work. Thanks for the link. It's time for another lace shawl on my needles.

6:29 AM  

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