Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Finally, The Unveiling of The Mediterean Shawl

It's pretty cloudy today, and decidedly too cold after going out for a walk. We will do pictures outside if we get a rare warm, sunny day again soon. Please excuse the cluttered look, this apartment is just waaaay to small for all of us.

If you click on the pictures to make them larger you can see the detail better. At gossamer weight, this made a very sheer cloth. Duane did take a few pictures showing my face, though I told him not too. I was going to post them anyway, but changed my mind. Seven years of chronic sciatica pain really shows on my face, and I looked like death warmed over.

This is the Mediterranean Lace Shawl from The Gathering of Lace. I was surprised to find not many had knitted this shawl. Doing a Blog search, I found: The Rainey Sisters posted a picture of a friends completed shawl. There is also this blog, it is in French, she has beautiful pictures of her completed shawl.(scroll down)

The Knitting Doctor posted about seeing this lady wearing her completed shawl. Missouri Star didn't blog about the shawl but has pictures in her Finished Lace Projects.

I knitted mine, using size US 0 for the body and US 000 60" circulars for border, in a 2/60 gossamer weight cashmere silk 65/35. There was 5000 yards on a 5 oz cone. Weighing it at every stopping point and at the end, I used 2.2 oz or 2200 yards.


Call me crazy as a loon, but I really missed knitting this shawl right away. Since I had more than enough left over, Duane suggested I make another one, so that's what I did. The second one is going very slow compared to the first. I already know how it's going to turn out, so the excitement of the first time around is lost.

Other shawls knitted over the summer were, The Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl by Silvia Harding, knit with a 2/20 silk, I hand dyed. Just have to order the beads I want to use for the bind off edging. Plus, The Peacock Feathers Shawl by Fiddlesticks, also knitted in a 2/20 silk that I hand dyed. This just needs to be blocked. It's been finished since July, talk about being lazy.

Very soon, I'll be starting Ingrid's Bridal Knot Shawl in Zephyr lace weight, ice blue on US 0 needles, for my daughter. Although, I do have a bunch of other shawls I need to finish while I'm waiting to get the yarn.


Vicki said...

It's stunning! I was surprised that more people hadn't knit it as well. I love the pattern, at least so far.

alice said...

ooh--finally I get a chance to look at your beautiful shawl! It's so lovely--looks like it could just float right off the screen. :)

Andrea said...

I'm not sure if you're still blogging or not, since I see you haven't posted for a while, but I had a question about your beautiful Mediterranean Lace Shawl, which I found via google. I see that you estimated it took about 2200 yards of gossamer weight yarn. I'm embarking on this shawl right now, and because the book has errors and the errata on the internet shows it takes well over 3000 yards of cobweb weight yarn, I'm confused. Obviously, your yarn and gauge was much smaller than that in the pattern - in your opinion, do you think it really will take that length of the cobweb weight yarn? Based solely on the book, I had started out with around 2600 yards of yarn, but I'm debating now whether I'll fall short, and yours is one of the few finished versions of this shawl I've seen on the internet, so I thought I'd ask your opinion. (My e-mail is anniespam at mac dot com.)

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