Knitting Content on a Knitting Blog
Ahhh, at long last, a reason to post that is in keeping with our mission statement (i.e. "Look What I Made Today!").
This shawl went to a dear friend who is entering a new phase of life. Therefore, the "doorway" painted blue (which I found out is her favorite color...it's kind of a periwinkle shade) for her protection and safe return.
The shawl is made of 7 skeins of grey Classic Elite "Lush", 50% angora/50% wool, and one skein of that blue. The yarn is yummy (Steve likes to felt with it, because if you start with a luxuriously soft yarn, your finished items are that much more gorgeous) I made up the pattern, but the stitch repeat in the body of the shawl is "Idella" from Myrna Stahman's Stahman's Shawls and Scarves (Rocking Chair Press, 2000). Please run and buy this book, if you can find it, as it contains so many cool patterns. More than that, you could knit lace for a lifetime with variations you make up from these patterns, and each lace repeat is presented in charted and word format, and easily adapted to any project that you have in mind. I often add a bit of lace to the bottom of a sweater, or a hat, or whatever.
I used a provisional cast-on, and then picked up all live stitches, as well as edge stitches, with the blue angora and a "biggish" crochet hook (Kate in England, that technical term is for you!). To that, I added the knit-on border that I have tried to explain before here. This time, I made some of those knit-on stitches toss and turn in a simple cable-y way. The blocked shawl is 37" by 72", which is plenty big for car rides, hotel stays, and curling up in that cold Northern winter that I am missing big time. It's already too hot here for sweaters, and I didn't get them all worn! Too short for sweater season, Phoenix/Scottsdale! Bad desert!
And at the corner is a bit of fancy mitering, made up as I went along. Please ignore the poor blocking, as Illanna and her blocking wires were too far away one late night, and I couldn't wait. The shawl was already a week late, and I was up anyway. So I used a million pins, but could have used a million more....
Anyway, Happy Birthday, and Be Well to Dear Steph....poet, princess, and long-distance friend of my heart.
Love, and happy knitting,