Done at last and blocking!!!!!

Just finished Madli's Shawl from Nancy Bush's "Knitted Lace of Estonia"....what a great pattern...but I have to admit I found it tedious and LOOOONNNNGGG Took me six months to knit it...I will admit, that is due in part to my laziness and the fact that I've been quite busy losing one job....looking for another, finance troubles and all in all just being able to do a few rows a night and therefore squeeze out MAYBE one pattern repeat a week. A few weeks ago I finally hit the pavement with this thing and just finished it today! Let me know what you guys think!! Attached are photos of this monster blocking....a whopping 24 inches by 70 inches!!!

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Tom Hart's picture

It's a stunner, Mitchell! Awesome job.

Love the color. you did a truly great job on this.

Tallguy's picture

Oh, Mitch, that is very stunning!

Let me tell you that it is so wonderful for us to look on this piece of work, and marvel at the beauty of it. But it is another to be the one that is knitting it! That is the nature of lace : lots of plain knitting with holes interspersed in a pattern. Those patterns are usually repeated ad nauseum and you are so tempted to throw in something interesting now and then. However, that is what makes this so spectacular -- it's that repetitiveness so neat and even that really catches our eye, and what really makes this piece. A "mistake" or an errant pattern would just throw the whole thing askew, and would spoil the look.

That is why we usually do this with a solid colour so that the knitting pattern of holes does its work. A variegated yarn would call attention to itself and the holey patterns would lose their effectiveness.

Yes, it is boring to do! But that is why you always have some other simple/complicated and quick projects on the go as well, just to relieve the boredom of this. Don't you find that knitting helps calm you down after a day of job-hunting?

At any rate, a truly spectacular piece of workmanship very well executed. The recipient should be flattered by your generosity!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's a very nice piece of knitting. The color is just gorgeous...but I'm fairly partial to purple. Sometimes, the amount of time spent on a project isn't a major factor, especially when the results are this grand. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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CLABBERS's picture

Simply stunning, Mitchell! Your hard work has certainly paid off. This is s wonderful example of how blocking really adds to the beauty of the piece. Well done!

I hope your job hunting goes well and you find something soon.


Kerry's picture

Stunning piece of lace. Well done.

KenInMaine's picture

Wow, what a fantastic, beautiful shawl. I have to say that I love the "Knitted Lace of Estonia" book. I am working on my second shawl from it presently and am already trying to decide which one I want to do next!

One of the things I like so much about her book is that she makes it easy for anyone with some knitting experience and a little courage to tackle their first lace project. The first shawl I made was the Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern which was pretty simple as far as a pattern repeat goes. The one I'm working on now is the Triangular Summer Shawl which is a bit trickier because of the inclusion of "nupps." But even though the difficulty level went up a bit, I'm finding this one even more fun to make.

Anyway, again, great job and congratulations!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

The nice thing is that most of the patterns would be quite nice even if you left out the nupps. Plus, if you search about them on the internet, there are a few ways of making nupps that some claim is easier than the way Ms. Bush's shows. I don't know the truth of it because a nupp is just another bobble and I don't care to make them. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Buzzboy's picture

What a beautiful shawl. You have done yourself proud. The color is stunning.


Craig's picture

Beautfiul work and that colour is fantastic.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

MitchPR08's picture

Thanks for all ya'lls kind comments, however I should correct myself...I lost my job in March and got a new one in April...been at the new place since then but they have me doing 50 hour weeks right now which has knocked my spinning/knitting and weaving schedule out of whack. On to the Danish pattern i blogged about a couple of weeks ago...hopefully without the "nupps" itll go quicker and everything at work is anticipated to slow down...soon I hope :-)

RickMartin's picture

Great job Mitchell. I did one with nupps a couple of years ago. And at about the last repeat I realized I didn't have to purl through 7 stitches at once, I could slip 6, purl the last one, then slip the others off at about 2 each. This made for a lot less dropped stitches and cursing!


chipsir's picture

OMG!!!!!!! I have been struggeling with Nupps for the past year and never once thought of that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for that. It is the best knitting tip ever :-)

kiwiknitter's picture

Absolutely beautiful and I really like the colour. Well done, you!

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Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

chipsir's picture

Another piece of beauty, what can one say....I just love lace and you have done this perfectly.

purlyman's picture

Beautiful!!! 2 ft x 6 ft? That's amazing. I love the work and I love the color. Congrats!!


bobinthebul's picture

Really beautiful. I'm amazed that after seeing you had to purl 7, you went ahead and did it...that probably would have put me off it! (And now that I know there's an alternative, do you suppose I'm jumping to start one? Umm....) ;)

bkeith's picture

That's gorgeous! I'm going to a knitting retreat in a few months, and there's a workshop on Estonian knitting. I wasn't sure I'd sign up for that one, but now I think I will.