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Garden Shawl triangle, with my fun party dress.

This one’s for Mom.

This is the Garden Shawl. The pattern was written by Dorothy Siemens. I’ve done another of her patterns before, Peacock Feathers. Both were well written, although I liked the Garden Shawl better. I modified this pattern to make a triangular shaped shawl, both because I like knitting triangles better than squares (less edging!) and because the yarn I chose came in 1100 yarn skeins, and I didn’t want to shell out for 2 skeins. I used all but 18 grams of my 100 gram skein, so my triangle shawl used just over 900 yards.

I’m going to refrain from naming the yarn I used in this very public space. Sufficient to say, it is 100% silk, light laceweight (but heavier than cobweb) and looked very pretty in the skein. I found 4 knots in the skein and innumerable slubs, and for the price I paid, this is absolutely inexcusable. On the other hand, my Russian joins are now perfect.

(For anyone not in the know, a Russian join is a tricky but lovely method of joining yarn back together after a break or, in this case, after cutting out a knot.)

I had a lot of fun with this pattern. As I said before, I modified the pattern shape. It was written as a large square, with four triangular panel sections divided by long straight “flower panel” runners, and edged with a lace border. I took it down to a two triangular sections, which together make one large triangle, separated  and edged on the sides by the flower panels, and then edged at the bottom with the lace edging. Knitters interested in the technical details can visit my Ravelry project page here.

This was my 25th lace shawl! Now I’m going to take a break and knit a sweater. Don’t worry, it’s nice and complicated.

 

As and end note, could anyone recommend blogging software for a Mac? In case you can’t tell, I’m having some issues here. The WordPress web interface leaves a bit to be desired.

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Is this my fourth post for the year? Yep, I’ve been busy.

Happily, not to busy to knit.

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This is the South Seas Stole. I very much enjoyed the interesting stitch patterns DSCN1091in this project, although ultimately I wasn’t happy with how they displayed when I blocked the shawl. Overall, however, the shawl turned out very nicely – as you can see from the photos, it is extremely light, even gauzy.

 

The yarn I used was wonderful!It is called “Love Potion No. 3” and it was hand-DSCN1090dyed by this lady. The color is vibrant, and the yarn was a dream to work with, despite the fine gauge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN1113 The second shawl is Miralda’s Triangular Shawl, from the book Knitted Lace of Estonia. I usually enjoy bobbles and other textured stitches, but not so much in this shawl. I think that the root of my dissatisfaction stems from the yarn, which is a silk and wool blend from Blackberry Ridge. At this point, I am accustomed to working with very fine and smooth lace yarns. Lately I’ve been working with cobweb and gossamer weights almost exclusively. The Blackberry Ridge yarn was a DSCN1115heavier laceweight, almost up into the fingering weight range, and had a springy, sticky feel. Don’t mistake me – it is very nice yarn. It’s just not the type of yarn that I enjoy working with.

 

 

 

 

It’s nice to have two shawls to show off! Now, back to physics and calculus for me…

 

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