Thursday, 24 December 2009

5 down... 2 to go...

That is how many shawls I have not only given as presents in 2009 for special friends with special birthdays but how many times I have spun laceweight and then knitted it up.... and enjoyed every minute of it from drafting and dizing the fibre to spinning, to choosing the pattern and to finally see the recipients face when they open the shawl.....

The final gift of 2009 ws to Christine (a friend / customer) who was 70 on the 11th December. I chose the 'Leaf & Nupp' shawl from Estonian Lace as it just seemed apt for the 'Fern' batts from Enchanted Knoll I spun up.....



Finished Size 18 x 63” blocked
I omitted the nupps to reduce yarn usage and worked 18 repeats of the main pattern. I also omitted the border and opted to just to do an edging at the CO & CO edges.

To work the edges I used the Leaf & nupp Lace Edge in the book, unzipped the cast on stitches and worked the pattern as stated EXCEPT knitting/purling as appropriate one extra stitch at each end of the row to use the 2 extra stitches. I also worked a row 10 as a plain purl row to secure yo’s from row 9 before doing the K2tog cast off.

After completing the 2nd Leaf & Nupp border (cast off edge), I worked the Leaf & Nupp Lace Edge as before.
This may sound a little 'vague' but when I check my ravelry projects I actually completed this shawl back in May!!! yes I worked all the shawls out of sequence just to add something to the mix and make life interesting or difficult... no really just to break all the 'green' spinning and knitting up.....

Next on the needles after Christmas is this - 'Chai' from Enchanted Knoll and this will become a Swallowtail for those who are counting this will be my 6th! a pattern I never tire off and IMHO is a classic... This will be ready for on or about the 24th January when my mum turns 80....

and for the fibre addicts among you this is how it stated out in life...... I can't speak highly enough of EK's batts....




I will just take this opportunity to wish everyone a festive Christmas and Happy New Year...


9 comments:

Jane said...

Absolutely stunning!The fibre for the next shawl is beautiful too.
Merry Christmas!

fleegle said...

And lovely it is!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Probably Jane said...

Lovely knitting! The Chai looks as if it will knit up beautifully too.

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fleegle said...

Thanks so much. I can't explain how I figure these things out :)

By the way, the technique works for intarsia-in-the-round too!

fleegle said...

I'm still a little sticky, thanks.

---Harry

fleegle said...

I'm up for Luiza too! Thanks for the kind words about TQS--kinda tired of her about now. I shall let her rest for a week before picking it again.

fleegle said...

Glad you like my eye-watering batts! They are knitting up nicely.

Haven't felt like posting lately...but I shall try to do better.

fleegle said...

His tux is about the same color as the socks :)

Glad I made you smile!