The Wedding Shawl – The End

Ninnawe.   It’s done.  I am quite pleased with how the shawl turned out.

I did 14 repeats of the lace leaves (the pattern called for 12).  Therefore, I had to go into the second skein of yarn when I was half-way through the Intermediate Edging.  My fears regarding the different dye lot of the second skein were groundless; there is no difference in the color, even outside in the sun.

The beading was actually fun.  It took me a few attempts to get the technique down, but once I did, there was no problem.  It helped that I found a teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy crochet hook in an old box of sewing notions, so I didn’t have to go buy one.

For the nerds among my readers, there are 15 repeats of the lace edging, and I put 20 beads on each repeat . . . ergo, I used 300 beads.   I am loving this beading technique, so expect to see more beading in my future projects.

The Wedding is June 29, and I will be giving the shawl to my future daughter-in-law at the rehearsal festivities the night before.  I really don’t expect that she’ll wear it as part of her wedding clothing . . . I did not tell her I was making it, and I don’t want to intrude on her plans for what she will be wearing.  I just wanted to make a keepsake for her wedding.  I do hope she likes it.

BTW, the model in the picture is my lovely niece, who is the daughter of another WeKnit3Tog blogger, Teresa.   Teresa did some gorgeous work on her shawl as well, don’t you think?

The pattern was actually quite easy, and I will probably make more of these.  The yarn (Cascade Heritage Silk) is an absolute dream to work with.  There is just a hint of gloss, it drapes nicely, and is quite affordable.  The only drawback seems to be that the points shrank back a bit after blocking.

Please give any comments or feedback on this Wedding Shawl.  It is also posted on Ravelry:  Ninnawe’s Wedding Shawl

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Shine Shawl with Fringe

I added fringe to the shawl and am quite pleased with the results. Pattern now available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shine-of-rainbows-shawl.

Shine of Rainbows Shawl

First completed attempt at the Shine of Rainbows Shawl

I am making the shawl from the scene on the sea shore where they call out to the seals. Once I started the grid, it was apparent my stitches were a bit off, since it is wavy at the edges. I will post the pic as it is now, and unravel it (!) to fix it. I just need to memorialize the hours of work that went into this……Terri

The Wedding Shawl – Part 3

Ninnawe:  Let’s get this thing started.  It’s my first lace shawl and I’m anxious to get going on it.

Everything goes well at first, except I think a garter tab beginning would have been much nicer.  To be honest, I always wondered why so many shawls start with a garter strip, but once I had the first 25 rows or so completed,  I figured it out.  That garter tab makes the beginning edge of the shawl looks almost exactly like the 3-stitch garter border.  That thud you just heard was the palm of my hand hitting my forehead.

Things went along swimmingly for the most part.  I worked through a couple of oops moments early on, owing to my practice of knitting while watching TV talking with hubby).  I miscounted somehow; I knit through the stitch below (more than once); I tinked a few times and snarled at myself for not paying attention.

But eventually I settled in and found that the basic 4-row lace pattern is exceedingly simple.  (There are two small typos on the chart, but easy to figure out.)  More quickly that I envisioned, I completed 12 rounds of the lace pattern; I decided to do 14 rounds to make it a little bigger.

Fast forward to day before yesterday.  I was ensconced on my side of the couch (aka Knitting Central), and my dear husband was sitting on the opposite end of the couch.  I was nearing completion of round 13 of the pattern as we watched Judge Judy on TV.

Then …. WHAM … mi esposo, my soulmate, my hero . . . knocked over a full glass of Red Pop sitting on his end table. Red is everywhere.  We have light beige carpet.

Chaos ensues.  I cared not a whit for my husband’s well being, nor for the condition of the carpet.  No, my first thought was The Wedding Shawl.  Fortunately, none of the soda made its way to Knitting Central or its environs.  (Fortunately for my husband, that is, because there could easily have been blood mixed with the Red Pop.)  I am certain a jury of my knitting peers would not have convicted me for what I might have done at that point had any Red Pop spray made it over to my side of the couch.

After the excitement died down my dear husband and I both spoke one of our favorite sayings: “We’re just making memories.”

And so love and knitting go on.  I’m almost at the end of the lace repeats, and have decided to put some small beads around the bottom of the edging.  I have never done much beading with my knitting.  That  should be good for another paragraph or two.

WOW. Has it been that long? lol

Ok, let me reintroduce myself.
Hi, I’m Inky.
A KNOWN procrastinator, lol.

LOL. If you only knew.

But, whatever.

I am seeing that it has been, what? Oh, a little over 5 months since I last posted here.

So.

I am in favor of saying, “Folks, if you are looking for info. regarding our Avocet B Cardigan KIL, that ship has sailed.” Heh.

I would like to propose to my fellow blog authors that we clear the decks with a neutral “getting back to knowing you and what you are about as a knitter” post, and then find a short, snappy, heck-I-can-do-this-with-my-eyes-closed KIL and move forward.

What say Ye, Ninnawe and Esquirette?

Hugs,

Inky

Nearly Finished

ninnawe:   I have finished the knitting portion of the sweater. I had finished most of my Christmas projects a while back, so I devoted most of my Thanksgiving break to knitting on this sweater. My formula for the short sleeves is below, and is somewhat different from what I wrote in my earlier post.

knit at the same time on one 24" circular needle

Short sleeve directions for 1X:

  • Cast on 68 stitches
  • Knit in garter stitch for 8 rows, ending on WS
  • Inc 1 st on each end, every 4th row, until 80 stitches, end on WS
  • Knit in garter stitch until 5-1/2″ from beg
  • Shape Cap as in original directions.

I will block and assemble the pieces when I get back home after the Thanksgiving holiday.    This will be a beautiful sweater.

 

I’m Going Short Sleeved

Ninnawe: Someone recently put up a short sleeved version of the Avocet B on Ravelry. Bless her heart! And, her project page tells how to reshape the sleeves for the short version. Since I live in a warm weather climate, I am going to do this short sleeve version. Check out the link and see her picture below. Lovely.

Short Sleeve Avocet B on Ravelry

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