Wednesday, July 11, 2012
FO: Vermont shawl
Pattern: Vermont Shawl by Hanna Breetz. It's a semi-circular shawl with three leaf patterns, increasing in size and scale. The increase in stitch count is magically worked over a few rows between patterns, providing a very graceful transition between the different motifs. It's really excellently crafted.
Process: This was fun to knit and actually not very complicated. The pattern calls for you to repeat the last chart twice, and even though it was about a 40 stitch pattern, I was able to memorize it. It did feel like I might still be knitting it at my retirement dinner, because those last rows were really, really l o n g.
Product: I just think this shawl is beautiful. I love how the leaves grow larger as they drift down the shawl. I'm not exactly sure how to wear it, though, because it's so big. I usually wear my smaller shawls around my neck almost like scarves. Can I do that with this one? And do I wear this in the summer or winter? Or spring or fall, more like? I really knit this for the challenge of knitting it, but it's so beautiful that I do want to wear it. I just don't want to look like a 1950s granny.
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Findley This yarn is amazing, one of the most wonderful yarns I've worked with. The colors are very rich and saturated, it has a smooth hand and the drape is somehow heavy and light at the same time. It has substance to it, but it's also graceful. I look forward to using it again.
What I learned: Hmm, I used a new bind off, actually. My mom just bought me the new Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor, so I tried several of the bind offs recommended for lace. I ended up using the Icelandic Bind Off, and it worked perfectly. It's very stretchy, but still has some structure to it.
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