Saturday, April 28, 2007

On the knitting front

Well, I'm feeling better. This cold was much milder than my last one (which kept me sick for a whole month!), and I'm back to my busy, busy self. The glimpse I gave you in my last post inspired some curiosity about my current project, and I want to fill in a few of the details.

It's the Swallowtail Shawl, designed by Evelyn Clark, from Interweave Knits (Fall 2006). Honestly, I'm almost done. It took a bit over two weeks to knit (I started it as soon as I finished Peter's scarf and will finish binding off at knitting group this afternoon), but don't hold your breath for FO pictures because I don't know when I'll have a chance to block the finished shawl.

I followed the pattern as it's written, except for the yarn. This is what I used:

That's a picture of the yarn I got for holiday gifts this winter, and the one in the middle is the Paris color way of Handmaiden Yarn's Seasilk (bought online, here). I've really enjoyed using it. When I began I was worried that all the color changes would be too busy for the lace pattern, but I overcame that concern as the project developed. The yarn is smooth and luminous. It smells faintly like the ocean or a bit of nori. I'm seriously looking forward to making something with the second skein (on the left in the picture) but haven't yet decided what it will become.

As for other fronts, Dan and I realized yesterday that we will be moving in exactly two months... crazy...


ambermoggie said...

the colour looks wonderful knit up:) Never tried handmaiden yarn yet, maybe some day:)
Glad you are feeling better
amber in scotland

Jenn said...

I'm holding my breath anyway because I'm considering doing this shawl with a variegated seasilk too, and I want to see how yours looks! I'm sure it's beautiful, and I'm curious to know how the colors come across.

Anonymous said...

Did you take my concotion to cure the cold? I thibk I got the formula wrong. Glad you survived. Grandma had her knee replaced today. She was third in line and she got the parts that were left over.

Amanda's Knitting Student said...

Blog responder also known as "Non-Knitter Knitting Fan".....Amanda, you taught me how to knit today and I have knit 4 rows by myself! It goes by very fast and I'm getting better with each row.

For some reason I gained one more knot! (15 when you did the first row and 16 now).

Knitting is so much fun that I don't want to do my homework....I just want to knit knots on my 2 plastic sticks!

Thank you for teaching me!