Sunday, December 24, 2006

Shetland Triangle all finished

Here she is all finished...
My first lace shawl. It turned out quite well. I was relieved that the bottom edge didn't change at all when I unpinned it from the blocking board. I used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in color #10 on size 8 needles. I started on 12/11 and finished on 12/21. I used straight needles until the 9th repeat of the body section because I'm not that fond of my circular needles. I added an extra (for 9 total) body repeat. I didn't insert any lifelines and ended up not really needing any. I skipped the last pattern row because I didn't want the points along the bottom edge.The pattern was pretty easy. I did make one mistake (forgot to pass a slipped stitch over) and realized it several rows later. Instead of unknitting all those rows of stitches, I just dropped the stitches over the mistake, unraveled down to it, fixed it, then raveled back up and it worked out fine.

The Silky Wool had a rougher feel than what I had thought it would. It is soft in a cushy soft sort of way, like flannel maybe, but not soft in a smooth way. The silk shows itself as rough lit
tle nubs along the strand. Also, there were quite a bit of twiggy plant pieces in the yarn (not a problem, just mentioning it). I really like how it looks finished more than I thought I would and it blocked very well but I wasn't crazy enough about it to want to knit with it again.
I'm thinking about my next lace shawl. I'd still like to make the Swallowtail Shawl, but I also like some of the other shawl patterns by Evelyn A. Clark. I also like this Sun Ray Shawl at Elann.com

6 comments:

KarenK said...

I've made a lace shawl from Silky Wool also, and while it did feel rough while it was being knit (and I know what you mean about the veggie bits), after I soaked it in Eucalan, it softened up a lot! and now feels very nice against my skin. Your Shetland Triangle is beautiful.

annie said...

Just discovered your blog. Your work is beautiful - I read your whole blog! And your write ups are great, give a nice amount of information. I look forward to reading more - maybe I'll start a blog myself sometime . . .

Allegra said...

Your shawl is beautiful!

Kaitie Tee said...

I love your shawl! How many skeins of the Silky Wool did you use?

nightowl said...

I used two skeins

Monika said...

Oh, this shawl turned out beautifully! I love the color and it's a little bigger than mine. The next time I knit a shawl I'm going to see that I love the yarn and color, it's just worth it. So goergous!