Icarus Shawl, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Started: 24th April 2007
Finished: 03rd April 2008
Needles: 3.5 mm / 80 cm Addi Lace circs
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Lace-weight, 100% superwash merino, 300g Hank (530 m / 100 g), colour: "Poison No. 5"
Pattern: "Icarus" by Miriam Felton from Interweave Knit Summer 2006

"Nam ponit in ordine pennas a minima coeptas, longam breviore sequenti,ut clivo crevisse putes...postquam manus ultima coepto imposita est, geminas opifex libravit in alas ipse suum corpus motaque pependit in aura; instruit et natum 'medio' que 'ut limite curras, Icare,' ait 'moneo, ne, si demissior ibis, unda gravet pennas, si celsior, ignis adurat: inter utrumque vola. (...)

...cum puer audaci coepit guadere volatu deseruitque ducem caelique cupidine tractus altius egit iter. Rapidi vicinia solis mollit odoratas, pennarum vincula, ceras; tabuerant cerae: nudos quatit ille lacertos, remigioque carens non ullas percipit auras, oraque caerulea patrium clamantia nomen excipiuntur aqua, quae nomen traxit ab illo. (...)

At pater infelix, nec iam pater, 'Icare,' dixit, 'Icare,' dixit 'ubi es? Qua te regione requiram?'

'Icare' dicebat: pennas aspexit in unis devovitque suas artes corpusque sepulcro condidit, et tellus a nomine dicta sepulti."

Finally, it's finished! I think that it's really beautiful. Even though knitting the body was tedious and boring, but the result was well worth it. Now I have to pack it up and send it off to my mum for her birthday.

I went to do the photoshoot yesterday and took about 30 photos. They all turned out so great that it was hard to choose. So, I picked out a lot of them. Hope you like them.

I chose some passages from Ovid's Metamorphoses "Daedalus and Icarus" and posted it above. If you want to read the translation, you can find it here.

Photos are taken at Königsplatz.

Here are some selections of the photos. You can find the rest of them here.

Icarus Shawl, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Icarus Shawl, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Icarus Shawl, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

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This is truly fantastic, and the photography does it credit. The colourway is gorgeous. Well done!

Elemmaciltur's picture

Thank you!

crmartin's picture

That is absolutely gorgeous! Did your mother tell you she moved? She is staying at my house now! ;-)



Elemmaciltur's picture

LOL, thanks! My mum warned me about you already. :-p

Asplund's picture



Elemmaciltur's picture

Thank you!

Asbjörn's picture

I love it, you've knitted it beautifully and the colorway you chose really gives the center portion of the pattern a much needed kick. _____________________________


Elemmaciltur's picture

Thanks! I think I would be bored to death were I to knit this shaw in a solid colour. :-)

Knipper's picture

Great knitting. The color compliments the shawl and the design.

Elemmaciltur's picture

Yes, I think so, too. Thank you very much.

TomH's picture

Stunning shawl. Stunning photography. Great job!

Elemmaciltur's picture

Thank you very much!

Kerry's picture

Beautiful shawl, and I love the colour.

MMario's picture

I always have to make a special effort to sign in and view your pictures from home - because they get blocked at work; but it is always worth the time! WOW ! only begins to describe.
MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

jwhassjr's picture

A true work of beauty. You did an amazing job. Your mother is very lucky to be receiving such a gift.

grandcarriage's picture

Yep, freakin' gorgeous.