Monday, May 05, 2008

LOVE!

YAY! I love, love, love my new shawl! Yes, the Big Red Blob is a blob no more. I was very concerned when it came off the needles that it would be much smaller than I wanted, but no beed to fear. It came out to a fantastic 78inch wingspan so it wraps around me perfectly and stays put. Also, I ended up loving the lighter spots in the uarn. They give just the right amount of variation. I did not have any desire to do the crochet edging, so I instead looked up (on Knitty) the instructions for a picot bind-off and applied this technique. It gave the shawl just the finished look I was aiming for -- a little bit of detail, but nothing too fancy. This is my "casual" shawl. There isn't a single thing about it I don't like. Wanna see?





Next up, I am finishing the little vest that will need to be steeked. I'd like to have it for this weekend as it looks like it will be a bit chilly and may well be the last opportunity I will have to wear it. If the weather holds out for Saturday, I'll be wearing the red shawl, if not, my vestie (under a coat!) at the NH Sheep and Wool. (So who's going?) I fully intend to be there ALL DAY and come home with a nice fleece or two. What is it about spring that makes me crave fleeces and my drum carder? We will be camping again in Maine soon and I have promised to bring my wheel and teach the owner how to spin, so i need to have plenty of supplies and options, right? After all, we will be there for two whole weeks this time! Gotta stock up. :)
(also -- for those who have yarn on order, esp. my Eye of Jupiter fans, I am working on it starting...now! the kids have returned to school today after their vacation, and the yarn has been soaking, so I have a full few days of dyeing ahead. )

12 comments:

Carole Knits said...

The shawl is gorgeous! I'll see you Sat. in NH.

SleepyEyes said...

Heather, you look beautiful in that shawl! It's perfect and I love the bind off...so great! I'm drooling over it, you know : )

Nichole said...

Beautious! I see you've changed your mind on triangular shawls?? :-)

Sonya said...

WOW! It looks wonderful. Love the edging. When did you get your haircut? It looks good too.

Alyson said...

VERY beautiful!!! It turned out fantastic :-)

silly sarahs said...

Heather the shawl is beautiful. I really need to get out of my hockey mom mind set and knit something bigger than socks.
have fun at the sheep festival
sarah
aka tagesmom

Julie said...

GORGEOUS!

Cheryl said...

I love it too! The Picot cast-off is perfect, what a great choice!

Jackie said...

You look amazing in that shawl!

Manise said...

Your shawl is to die for! Nice job! See you Saturday!

Gigi said...

Your shawl came out just beautiful!

Nora said...

Stunning - you and the shawl!