Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Swallowtail shawl

I have something new to share and this time it's not my usual cardi. Instead, I can model a shawl, my first one! ;) I chose Swallowtail for being a small, had a variety of stitches patterns ( I wouldn't be bored) and that I could use a yarn that is not so thin. I've been postponing my post because I don't have good photos . Rain is in the forecast for this entire week. So I will just post these indoors ones taken at night . As you can see, the shawl is kind uneven because I didn't block it properly. I only used a steam iron to block in sections as the ironboard is not big enough. I am lacking a blocking tools such as the board and pins. Despite the imperfect shape ( hopefully temporally) I am very satisfied with my first shawl. I like the design, size and the versatile color in aubergine. I enjoyed this knit even though there were a few unraveling steps ( done stitch by stitch because I was afraid to put the yos back in the needle) when I forgot to do the center increases. Finally, I found the use for stitch markers! :)

Pattern: Swallowtail shawl from IK Autumn 2006
yarn: Lana Grossa - Merino 2000 Superfein 100% wool ( used just a bit over 3 balls)
Needles: Japanese 8 (4.5 mm)

Last week, I started my long awaited winter project. Hehe..., wrong, if you guessed this a scarf in progress. It's the beginning of a sleeve from a shrug, after 3 attempts. The gauge was right for the selected yarn but I forget to add the plain lateral stitches. At first, it looked so narrow. ..I thought never mind, it will stretch later with a good blocking. As it grew in length, the width was off by 40% and the problem was obvious. I was so absent-minded that I thought that moving to a larger needle would help. Finally, I decided to check the pattern and I found out that I casted on a wrong number for total sts. I don't know why it took me so long to realize the mistake. Now I am back in the right track.

Before I forget thanks for the compliments on my Mauve Arrows!;) Rambling Rose is on the way, as soon as I can get a decent photo!

13 comments:

opportunityknits said...

Congrats on your first shawl - it's lovely in this deep aubergine and goes very well with your ruffled shirt. I like the size too. I do this all the time - not see something in the chart or the pattern :) Love the cables. Hope there'll be sunny weather so we can see your rose cardi soon.

Siow Chin said...

Great that you've ventured into shawls, now I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of beautiful shawls from you!

yuvee said...

Whoo, finally your first shawl, I'm sure we'll see more coming ;)
I've got that shawl on needle too, love to see yours, very motivating!

joy said...

I didn't realize you hadn't done a shawl before, with all the lace that you do. Great job, and I love dark purple. Shawls are very addictive. Now we have to get you on to socks! ;-)

Agnes said...

Lovely! You should find some pins to block it properly ... as I can see it would open really well with blocking. It would get a little bigger too.

Toni said...

I am so jealous! It's beautiful!

Cafe Knitter said...

Congrats on your first shawl! Seeing another lovely Swallowtail makes me want to start mine right now! I agree that a good soaking and proper blocking tools will open it up really well. Also love the cable work in your shrug. Can't wait to see the FO.

Andrea said...

Your first shawl is beautiful....great work!

knitties said...

It's so pretty and you did a fab job on your first shawl! Congrats :)

Laura.Y said...

swallowtail looks fantastic!

Knitnerd said...

Ah Mimi it's beautiful as always! I am waiting to see more shawls hot off from your hands!

handknit168 said...

yes, the shawl is beautiful.

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