Sunday, 24 January 2010
My first finished knit for 2010 is appropriately wing like. I will be sending it off tomorrow along with the quilt to my cousin's wife. Like the quilt, I am very pleased with this - gorgeous yarn, lovely pattern - and would be happy to keep it for myself. But I am pretty sure she will like it too, and that receiving it will make her feel loved and happy, which is just what I would be hoping for.
It never ceases to amaze me how much blocking really makes a knit, that you take this
and get this
The pattern is Ishbel (available as part of this pattern collection) and it's well written, easy to follow and has words and charts for both types of brains. It comes in 2 sizes and this is the large, though I did more stocking stitch before I started the lace (because I'm stupid) and then did less lace to keep it the same overall size. If I was making it for me I think I would like it to be bigger still, which would be easy enough to do.
The yarn is Kiama 50% silk 50% merino, from the Yarn Workshop, and this one was dyed for me by Ingrid. It was lovely to knit and final fabric is light and warm and deliciously soft. Amazingly the whole shawl took only 2 rows over a single skein - and I could easily have cribbed the pattern to fit it into a single skein, which I may well do to use the other 2 rows less than a single skein. It took a three and a half weeks to knit (in the tropics where I don't knit much), so it's also very achievable!
I will definitely be knitting this pattern and yarn again and would recommend them both!