Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Parting is such sweet sorrow

The Sweet Dreams shawl is off the blocking board.

This was definitely my fastest ever knit - a full-sized shawl in just eight. days. Of course, I neglected the laundry, and I still have a butt-load of boxes to unpack... but hey, a knitter's gotta do what a knitter's gotta do.


The recipient's favourite colour is purple, so naturally, that had to be the colour of the shawl (this colourway is Grape Koolaid). The pictures don't show it well, but there a subtle shift between red purple, blue purple and a sweet pinky-purple - it's lovely (and courtesy of Mom's dyeing talents). I knit it in Desert Cat (Baby Camel/Silk) and it's sinfully soft. There's a few skeins left in the shop - I highly recommend it.


The pattern is good, and the increases are interesting - I've only done a few crescent-shaped shawls, so this was a new one for me. Once I got into the rhythm of it, it went well.

The lace pattern is what attracted me to this shawl - but while I wouldn't consider it hard, I had to keep the chart handy, something I don't usually have to do. This pattern also calls for beads and a picot cast off. Unfortunately, I just didn't have time for those, so I left them out, but it's still pretty.

I will do this shawl again - with bead and picot. I have a skein of Twisted Slinky Cat in Dragonstone picked out.

(the middle green skein). I just have to decide on beads (contrast or blend?) .... and of course, clear out a few WIPS

9 comments:

Dee said...

Simply beautiful. Glad you were able to get it done in time.

Rachelle said...

It is beautiful and should keep her nice and warm on spring evenings.

Monika said...

It's gorgeous!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Gorgeous! I thought I was completely mad when I planned knitting two shawls in May ... but maybe, just maybe I can do it? Especially if we all wear the same clothes day in and day out?!

Araignee said...

I love it! It's going to be amazing in Dragonstone. I can't wait to see it.

lexa said...

Wow! Fast and purdy! :)

elns said...

Oh, it's lovely! Can't wait to see it with the extra bells and whistles, but really, this purple one is fantastic as is. 8 days is beyond impressive to me. happy knitting!

RobinH said...

Sweet indeed! Lovely work, and so fast! I'm sure your friend will be delighted.

Nancy Kay said...

This shawl is so beautiful!! I find it hard to believe you could knit this in just 8 days!! Those needles had to be "smokin'."

The other colors of yarn are fabulous too!!