Monday, March 7, 2011

March of the Shawls

FO: The Tiny Shawl
Pattern: Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merinocash in Stonechat
Needles: 4.0 MM Addi Lace Needles

This is my first lace pattern made with lace weight yarn. Yay, one thing to check of the knitting to-do list. I loved making this, but it turned out so very tiny. A shawlette, for certain. It looks cute worn kerchief style or under a jacket. I have tons of yarn leftover, so it will hopefully appear again on these pages in the not to distant future.

The yarn is very soft and cozy. I bought it at a sample sale at Imagiknit in San Francisco, and was unable to find it on the Malabrigo website just now when I looked it up. Its a merino-cashmere blend, and it is pretty divine.

FO: Betsy's Shawl
Pattern: Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante
Yarn: Zitron Trekking Pro Natura
Needles: 4.5 MM Bamboo Circular Needles

I made this shawl for my friend Betsy who just finished taking the California Bar Exam (woot for Betsy!) The shawl is perfectly named for her, as she spent the last year in London and is spending the next year in DC and Switzerland.

This pattern is always a joy to knit, and really looks great in most yarns. Its a great stash buster for me because I have a ton of sock yarn but it takes me eons to make socks. Shawls seem much faster for me (yay big needles).
This shawl has more drape but less definition than the last two. I love the color, which is darker than these pictures show. I made the shawl as directed, no size mods. I made the last one bigger, and wished I had not, as it resulted in long thin ends to the shawl. I think this shawl is best made as directed.

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