I knit a shawl for my sister's birthday back in September last year, and another one to put under her Christmas tree. I happily posted them off to her address, together with a request to take some pictures for my blog when convenient. It took a while (could it be that hatred of photography runs in my family?), but the pics are finally here and they are gorgeous! You will have plenty of opportunity to see for yourself, because for once I'm going to publish a picture-heavy post :)
Without much further ado, here's shawl no. 1:
This is Krokus by Sue Berg, although to be honest, for some reason mine looks somewhat different than the original. 'Some reason' should probably be replaced by 'me not bothering to read the pattern properly' but nevermind, I'm happy enough with my version (and so is my sister!).
It was a lovely, speedy project and I was surprised by how much fun I had working on it. The whole thing was ready in four days or so and, if my memory serves, consumed a little less than 100 g of fingering weight yarn.
While not particularly big, it is very versatile. You can wear it like this:
Or like this:
How about this styling?
Who says shawls have to be worn on your neck?
The other shawl was a bit more fiddly and time-consuming. Think 'weeks' rather than 'days'. You've already had some sneak previews (here or here), but now you can see my version of Ardrum Scarf in all of its modelled glory:
I admit, some weeks into the knit I was mightily sick of the pattern. It's pretty monotonous and seemingly endless, especially when you're in the middle of the project. Take a look at the detail, though. It's 100% worth the effort!
Edging is knit at the same time as the body, which saves you from multi-hundred-stitch rounds at the end.
I used some very posh, wool/silk blend yarn. Being the yarn plebeian that I am, I can't say I'm completely in love with it. Efficient, yes. This massive shawl used up just a tiny bit over one (100g) skein. The fibre is smooth and soft, but it's also a real bitch to knit. I had to watch my hands constantly to ensure the yarn doesn't split and in general working with it was less joy than I thought it should be.
Admittedly, the drape in this piece is wonderful and probably worth the occasional curse when the yarn was misbehaving.
Regardless of how stunning it looks, turns out lace knitting is not my favourite technique. Not with lace weight yarn, anyway. Lace details worked into a pullover - sure, but scarves or wraps in what is essentially a thread - waaaay too boring.
Having said that, guess what I'm working on at the moment?
After all, I have two sisters and an almost untouched skein of lace weight to use up...
More details coming soon.