Hair O\’the Lamb

And the blanket you blocked it on…
6 January, 2007, 12:06 pm
Filed under: FOs - Knitting

Caution:Picture heavy post-I’m making up for lost time here)

This is not what I should be doing…but can you say *procrastination* boys and girls?  Its easy…Pro-crast-tin-I’m-never-going-to-get-all-this-stuff-packed-na-shun.  Very good!  In view of this,  I decided to take some long overdue pictures instead.  Seemed reasonable after all, at least I’m doing something, right? *wink*

In order of completion we have “Tasha’s Shawl”  a very simple design that I did in some home dyed norwegian sportweight superwash wool (just how many words does it take to describe a yarn anyway? Discuss.).  I dyed it a few years ago using white vinegar and plain grocery store food coloring.  I have no idea how I did it…I was one with the yarn and…magic happened.  I do not know how to describe the coloration…marbled I guess comes closest.  I swear, nearly every stitch is a different color, yet all from the same palette, and it works.  It looks mostly like an aerial view of a large forest in the fall, so I call it “Dark Autumn”.010607_1118atasha1.jpg010607_1117btashaedgedetail.jpg010607_1126atashacolordetail.jpg

Dimensions:67″across, 32″ from top edge to point.  Unknown quantity of yarn, something like 4 or 5 balls. I remember it was from, but brand and name are lost to the mists of time.  Garter stitch with simple yarn over edge, picot bind off. Design:”Truly Tasha’s Shawl” by Nancy Bush (the link is currently broken so you’ll have to search it yourself later if interested)

 Ahhh….Forest Canopy Shawl…how I love thee.  My first lace shawl project and it couldn’t have been a better introduction to the subject.  This is destined to be a birthday present later today so…shhh don’t tell KRISTEN!

First the required lace shawl blocking picture…I know its not perfectly even but, true to lace knitting tradition, it was blocked right after being finished at about 1230 am and I had 3 cats helping me (and, yes, those are my toes…).   Its as perfect as I could make it is all I’m gonna say:010407_0043alaceshawl1.jpg

The finished shawl, artfully draped over its blocking quilt…010607_1119afcs.jpg

Detail, in sunlight, to remind us of its name:010607_1120afcssunlight.jpg

Details:  Forest Canpy Shawl, using size 8 (US) needles and Patons Classic Wool in Deep Olive. Used approximately 250 yds (about 1 and 1/4 balls of yarn) Dimensions: 54″ across, 30″ from center edge to point.  Only took a few days of knitting to finish, incredibly easy to do.  Even with my brain scrambled with stress, I managed-to my great surprise-to memorize the pattern.  Wonderful project to start off with, one of the best FO’s for the time invested ever designed.  I want to make another one, maybe even in laceweight this time.  I think a black one would be nice….

Feeling over confident now…I want to start the Wing O’the Moth but know that I should practice a little more and at least wait until after the big move.  Seriously, its going to be hard to pack my yarn away and not be able to knit for a while (well, except for my travel project-at this point I’m considering a scarf since I love long simple mindless knitting for travel…perhaps even another garter stich shawl would fit the bill) since knitting is my daily habit, but I know I have to.  Even so, the yarn is getting packed last!

Have a great weekend all and I hope you enjoy the pictures!