Saturday, December 5, 2009

FO: Aestlight Shawl

Winter break!!!! Thank goodness. Yesterday I took one last giant exam, and now, I am blissfully embracing winter break. The Nimbus Sweater pattern is cruising out of my printer as I type.

N and I ventured on to the roof on a blustery San Francisco morning to photograph my latest FO.

FO: Starry Nights
Pattern: Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Dream in Color Starry in Purple Paisley (same as the Smooshy, with 2% silver woven in for some sparkle.)
Needles: US 6 circs (knit picks options)

One of my knitting goals for 2009 was to complete a lace shawl. I have two true lace shawls in the works, but they will not be completed by the end of the year. While this shawl is not knit with lace yarn, it is a triangular shawl with two lace charts, so I am calling this one a victory.

As soon as I cast on this DIC Starry, a birthday gift from my little sister, I began scouring the web for sales on Starry. As you may remember, I used my Sonny and Shear Stash Bustin coupon to purchase a skein in a deep chocolatey color called Gothic Rose, which I hope to use on the Multnomah Shawl (free pattern available here.) That was a long roundabout way of saying that I loved working with this yarn, and look forward to working with it again. I like how subtle the silver is. The pictures of skeins online make the yarn look quite sparkly, but in person it is much more understated, which I like better.
I really loved the pattern-- giant garter triangle with a couple easy to follow charts at the end. I would certainly knit this again. A classmate requested one, so you may see another one here in the future. The second chart that comprises the triangular border absolutely flew off the needles in a couple sittings. Very satisfying way to close the project!

Gloomy day makes for dark pictures! Hope you are all enjoying lovely weekends.


Kristina said...

love it!

Sarah said...

It is beautiful Rose! Did you and/or Kristina see the vintage Elizabeth Zimmerman on the Brooklyn Tweed blog? It is amazing. I want to knit like that.