Pattern: Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace by Dale Long based on EZ’s Pi Shawl
Needles: 3.25 mm Addi 40 inch
Yarn: Ornaghi Filati Merino Oro 86 Muted Turquoise, 100% merino wool
The blocked size is about 30 inches in diameter, half the size of the shawl in the book.
A rocky start. Lots of variety. Overall, a challenging pattern knit in delicate merino yarn. I knew I put everything I had into this pattern and was ready to cast off sans beechleaf edging. I started knitting lace this year and with each project I’ve tried out a different yarn. Although this yarn makes for a beautiful finished project, I don’t plan on using it again for lace. Knitting the last few rows before casting off felt disjointed. I think how the yarn glides through your fingers as you knit is key to really getting into the rhythm of knitting lace. The movement of the stitches as they dance from one needle to the other is what draws me to continue to cast on lace projects. I’m becoming increasingly picky when it comes to lace weight yarn, especially after knitting my sister’s shawl out of silky Sundara Yarn. Luckily, I knit the majority of this shawl before I started my sister’s shawl and had no idea what I was missing.
12/10/2006 at 8:15 pm
this is absolutely stunning.
the colour, yarn and design all work together in this gorgeous creation….and of course your amazing knitting skills.
12/10/2006 at 8:41 pm
That is absolutely gorgeous! Great work!
12/10/2006 at 8:45 pm
Oh, wow, your shawl is breath-taking. Gorgeous. Wow. And the photo of your sun-dappled shawl draped over your wooden swift is beautiful. Nice job.
And thank you so much for noticing the red scarf next to the pear-shaped santa in my last post! You are the only one who mentioned the scarf, which is actually a handknit scarf I made a long while ago. Thanks for noticing, commenting, and, of course, reading!
12/10/2006 at 8:50 pm
It’s so beautiful, light and floaty-looking.
12/10/2006 at 9:24 pm
This is beautiful!
12/10/2006 at 9:45 pm
The shawl is really gorgeous!!
I agree, it’s so hard knitting with regular yarn when you’ve used the best stuff. 😉
12/10/2006 at 10:15 pm
Beyond beautiful! Really exquisite work!
12/10/2006 at 10:26 pm
It is absolutely beautiful and wonderful.
12/11/2006 at 12:12 am
That is stunning! Gorgeous color!
12/11/2006 at 1:08 am
It’s very beautiful. You did an excellent job.
I have been spoiled by cashmere lace yarn, and it’s hard to be excited about anything else. I do want to try some silk one day, though, so I know what you mean.
12/11/2006 at 8:11 am
wow! it’s absolutely stunning! congratulations on a gorgeous knit! i’m sure you’ll love this one for a lifetime.
12/11/2006 at 9:07 am
Congratulations on tackling this challenging and beautiful shawl!
12/11/2006 at 11:35 am
I’m new to reading your blog, and I’m really enjoying your style and elegance. The shawl you’ve knitted is stunning, simply beautiful, well done.
12/11/2006 at 12:04 pm
just stunning. breathtaking!
12/11/2006 at 1:09 pm
Oh my gosh, it’s gorgeous! Absolutely breathtaking. Well done, what a beautiful knit!
12/11/2006 at 1:34 pm
It turned out beautiful! I’m making one in pink, and now wish I had decided to omit the knitted on border. I’m half way through after 6 months!
12/11/2006 at 3:48 pm
12/12/2006 at 12:49 pm
Oh wow that is amazing! Just gorgeous!
12/12/2006 at 6:14 pm
12/12/2006 at 8:01 pm
HOLY MOLY! I’m speechless. Yeah, what the people ahead of me said. :0
12/13/2006 at 8:41 am
it’s lovely! diaphanous and beautiful!
12/13/2006 at 11:07 pm
wow. just wow. do you look at it and say “i can’t believe my hands produced that?” i mean that in the best possible way… it is truly ethereal and stunning.
01/15/2007 at 9:36 pm
It’s fantastic! And though the yarn may not have been a dream to work with, the color is gorgeous!
08/11/2009 at 12:11 am
How did you attack the double yarn overs in the Diamond section?