December 27th, 2006

The hiatus, it is ended!

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Hello again! It's been forever since I posted here, I know, but I am doing Important Knitting again, so I have returned. With photos for your viewing enjoyment, too!

See, I'm working on the Feather and Fan Shawl from A Gathering of Lace, by Meg Swansen. Oh my goodness, this shawl is indeed lacy. And fiddly, but I persevere. One day, I too will be able to post a photo of my finished shawl, just like Tellen did this weekend.

You start knitting this shawl in the middle--or, if you're me, you ask Chauntel to start it for you, after about six failed attempts at starting it yourself--and then the number of stitches increases and increases as you work outwards. So, the beginning goes really fast, even if you don't get a more proficient friend to help, but by the end? Well, the last few rounds have 1300 stitches each. It's definitely going to be endurance knitting, but I think the end result will absolutely be worth it. I already sit around squeezing the little bit of shawl I've done, because it's so lovely and sproingy and soft.

Here's what it looks like while I'm knitting it...


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The color's a bit off in the photo, but I'm pretending I did that on purpose because it allows you to see the color variation in the yarn.

Oh, the yarn is laceweight merino from Handpaintedyarn.com, in their Sealing Wax colorway.

Now, here's the shawl sort of spread out so you can see the pattern a little bit...


Click for bigsize.


It's still really small (the white background is a pillowcase), but I can tell the rounds are getting longer--I can't finish one during a ten-minute break at work anymore, and every time I get to the halfway-point stitch marker I think, 'What!? I'm only halfway through? But I have been knitting FOR EVER OH MY GOD.'

Oh well. I'm going to try to convince myself it's a Zen exercise. Actually, I am really enjoying this project; it's just a bit daunting to think about how much time it's going to take.

So, yeah. That's my knitting life, for now. ~g~

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It is going to be soooooo pretty. I love the color, it's just so rich. The pattern scares me. I am afraid of shawls, but I know that I must knit them. My mother just passed on to me an ungodly amount of lace weight mohair, and I don't have a clue in the world what to make out of it other than shawls. Very, very easy to knit shawls.
It's so pretty... I can't wait to see it, well, bigger. :) I love the color you chose and the thinner weight yarn. Nice job, my friend!