Tina shawl is finally finished.

I finally finished knitting the Tina shawl on Christmas Eve. So today, on New Year's Eve, I blocked it out on the living room carpet. It took about 4 months or so to knit. The toughest part of the whole thing was to pick up all the stitches around the center square's edge to continue knitting the wide border. 100% wool, and knitted on US4 needles. I enjoy knitting lace more than anything else because (in my humble opinion) it always turns out so light and airy, and pretty. Sorry the picture is so dark. A blue shawl on a blue rug doesn't do much for the viewer, but you can get an idea of what it looks like.

I am also currently working on a crocheted bedspread. It is a project that I started about 30 years ago, and never did much with, so I am whipping up a square or two every day now. When I started it way back when, I had a twin size bed, and so that is all the thread I bought. Yesterday, I bought 20 more balls of cotton so I can get a really good size spread made. I realize that the dye lot is not the same now as 30 years ago, but I figure that I could arrange one dye lot creatively to wrap around the other so it will fit around the sides of the bed and still look nice, just in case there's too great a difference in shade of color.
There's a little story that goes along with it.
Back when I first learned to crochet, my Mom showed me a little bit of a bedspread that she worked on when she was younger, but never did much with it. I wanted to give it a try. So without a printed pattern, I followed it and crocheted a couple of squares. Then I decided that it was too full of holes, and I didn't like it. She told me however, not to ever throw it away. I didn't. A friend recently suggested that I make some sort of pillow covering to contrast with my own bedspread. So here's the bunch of photos. I don't know the name of her pattern. The pattern I chose to work is called "on the square".
Hope you enjoy the pics.

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PieintheSky88's picture

Beautiful work! I love lace too =)

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Kerry's picture

Looks like a beautiful shawl. Well done.

albert's picture

Both projects absolutely gorgeous! And the history behind the bedspread is priceless- cherish it!

scottly's picture

What a masterpiece, and I don't say that lightly - the Tina Shawl is truly gorgeous as are the crochet pieces. It tells me I have a long way to go. Knitting lace makes me happy, it's as if your hands have been taken over by sorcerer and you are spinning straw into gold.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Quite lovely lace work. The Shawl is superb...I also love to design Shetland style pieces and should do it more. The crochet work is beautiful and the connection to your Mom makes it that bit more special. Thank you for sharing. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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ronhuber's picture

The shawl is so beautiful. What a great story about the bedspread. I hope you finish it soon and enjoy it.

WillyG's picture

Oh, beautiful. Thanks for sharing it all. I'd love to see that shawl up close.