My first lace shawl...finally!

About, oh, six months ago or so, I posted regarding the lessons my first lace project were teaching me. As I recall, MMario chastised me at the time for not posting any pictures. Well, it's finally pinned out blocking, and I'm (hopefully) attaching a couple of pictures. I hope the pictures do it justice. Photography with a cell phone is always an iffy proposition!

The thing turned out to be almost 9 feet long and almost 3 feet wide. As it was knitted lengthwise, I'm still amazed that that much fabric can fit on a 32" needle! No wonder I'd do a row or two and be completely exhausted!

And if I thought that blocking made a big difference in the appearance of a scarf made with a worsted weight yarn, wow, does it ever make a difference on lace! It was almost like magic watching the patterns come to life as I was pinning it out. As much as I cursed the world at times while I was working on it, the sheer amazement at seeing it now, having transformed from a shriveled mess to something which strikes me as particularly comely has really made me forget about all that, and I can't wait to try it again. I suppose this is why I find so many lace knitters on this site!

The pattern was part of a KAL at my local yarn shop, which actually originally contained five sections, but I bound it off after four, as what started as a Christmas present for my neighbor eventually became a birthday present, and , well, her birthday is Saturday, so I figured that was good enough. Besides, the KAL ended about four months ago, so I figure I'm just a little too slow a knitter to take part in such things presently.

It was knitted on Size 5 Addi Turbo Lace needles with a dark green Misti Alpaca Lace yarn.

So, what now? I'm finally going to knit something for myself. I've got my eye on a vest in the "Men in Knits" book, and though my wife isn't crazy about the color I've chosen, I think it will turn out quite well (provided my seams turn out, and I can teach myself to pick up stitches...always something new to learn at this game). I'm also trying to decide which of MMario's shawls to give a go. Every time I see one, I think, "Damn, that's cool. I wish I could do that." Most would require learning to knit in the round, which I haven't done before (see? there's that learning thing again), but I'm feeling pretty confident at the moment, so I probably need to bring myself down a few notches. In any event, I'm very happy with how this turns out, and hope Judy likes it on Saturday.

Image icon IMG00039.jpg422.72 KB
Image icon img00037[1] (2).jpg344.86 KB
Image icon IMG00038.jpg1.02 MB


Bill's picture

STUNNING ! the slightly abstract design...truly beautiful...

Jedwards's picture

what gorgeous work u have done

MMario's picture

Well, a lot of my shawls can be knit in back and forth variations. Even *some* of the circular ones can be done as half circles - Most of the squares can be knit as half squares very easily.

Not that I'm trying to enable lace knitting....Would I do that?

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

MMario's picture

BTW - nice work!

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

Thanks, everyone.

And, MMario, I'm guessing that there's a relationship of a sort of mutual enabling between you and those who love your work!

chipsir's picture

Good man........Another lace knitter ...whoopie. You have done a beautiful job and I am sure she will love it an truly be amazed. Yes you really got the bug now, it really is amazing to see that shrivelled catterpillar turn into a most delicate butterfly congrats my sir. P.S. MMario is very enabling lol.

albert's picture

Mario is damned dangerous- so far I have resisted his siren song, though I suspect his personal motto is: "Resistance is Futile!"

MMario's picture

I just go with the flow - like the Colorado through the Grand Canyon.

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

9 feet long? Wow, that is gonna look beautiful wrapped around someone.