Saturday, January 27, 2007

Swallowtail Shawl

Snowfall during the night and freezing rain in the morning, makes a nice setting for taking pictures. I present to you the ugly duckling, the mop rag : my Swallowtail shawl, but wait,


... what a change, the ugly duckling emerged to be, if not a swan, than a nice little shawl for sure!





Once, I've removed Hannah's fingers from her coffee mug (one by one, I might add), she gave in and modeled the shawl for me. She's smiling but I'm sure she's thinking not so nice thoughts. It's before 9 AM and still drizzling little icy droplets. Oh, well. While I did scout around for nice places to bring my Swallowtail to life, she was refilling her coffee mug. Heat up some water for my tea, please!





This shawl is a most delicate and small one. I LOVE it! At least I love the pattern, if not the yarn/color I've chosen. It's O.K., I guess, now that it is blocked and struggling for my favor. Relax, you'll be more likely to be worn, than your little rose sister!
Although I've been warned about those little nubbies, and I had the utmost respect tackling them (I had a cheat sheet for cheater nubs ready), I did NOT encounter severe trouble with these tiny little P5tog'ers. O.K. I'll admit, I did THREE cheater nubs, where it was impossible to get the needle through. But I'm still working with addi turbo needles, and they are still blunt. I've read somewhere, that there are new addi's out there, especially made for lace knitting. Haven't seen one yet.
If you must know, here are the specs for this shawl:
pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark from Interweave Knits Fall 2006
yarn: Knit Picks Shadow 100% merino wool, color: Oregon Coast , less than 50g used.
needles: 3.5mm addi turbo circulars
blocked size: 42" x 25"



Some day I will knit another one, with a shiny yarn in a color I absolutely adore, with larger needles to make it bigger. I do NOT complain about the size, in fact I like it small. I'll just like it a little different. Who wants to knit the exact same thing twice??? Not me.
With this shawl, I had a bumpy start, but it's size is excellent, because as soon as you start getting bored, it's done! ;o)
I've learned something too, I need to learn how to count, I'm challenged that way. So, lets do this right away, one, two, three, five.... see, need to practice some more. Maybe one day, and I really, really hope so, I can make a whole shawl without ANY mistakes! Wow, that would be awesome! ;o)





23 comments:

Olga said...

Wow. As usual, your work is awesome. And I think the color looks good, a smokey grey that would go with everything.

Sue J. said...

Gorgeous, Monika! Are the pictures are equally as lovely. You have a real talent for photography. I can't wait until I can dive into lace again. I did my Icarus in Oregon Coast and loved it. Nice, nice job as usual. Congrats!

Pat said...

That is JUST what I needed - wonderful inspiration to continue with mine!(still working on the main pattern.....)
It is delicate and oh so beautiful!

Jane said...

It's beautiful!

Strickfimmel said...

Oh Mann, Du brichst ja wirklich alle Rekorde!! Dein Shawl ist super geworden. Ich mag das Muster und auch die Farbe. Ich wünschte, ich würde es auch mal durchhalten um eine Nacht durchzustricken.

DAWN said...

It turned out fantastic. That color lets the pattern shine, but done in a fun, energizing color it would look just as spectacular.

Violiknit said...

That is a fabulous shawl! I especially like the nubbies. I like the color also; it will definitely go with everything!

Lynn One, Purl Two said...

that looks beautiful! i am tempted to make one too! i like the size of it. and the model??? wowowow! what a beautiful girl! send my love to her.

ZiZi said...

Liebe Monika, dein neuestes Werk ist wieder total schön geworden! Und ärgere dich nicht über die "mistakes" ... die machen das Teil ja erst zu einem Unikat! Und irgend ein kluger Mensch hat mal gesagt, nur Buddha ist perfekt ...

In diesem Sinn wünsche ich dir noch viele bereichernde "mistakes"!

Liebe Grüsse - ZiZi

Debi said...

It's really pretty Monika! And your beautiful photography (and daughter!) really show it to it's advantage!

Bente B said...

Gorgeous shawl!!! And I love the pictures, the shawl looks great on every photo!!

Punkin said...

It is gorgeous!! Wow.

sgeddes said...

That came out beautiful. The pictures show off the lovely transformation so well.

judith said...

Dein Tuch ist einfach perfekt!!!!
Die Farbe gefällt mir auch sehr gut und die Fotos sind wunderschön!

liebe Grüße

Judith

Martina said...

Tis stunning! It is on my to do list! Pretty model too!

Carrie K said...

It's beautiful, Monika! and I love that color. Beige is perfect with practically everything.

get stitchy! said...

Congratulations! You're on get stitchy!

Thanks so much for submitting your blog.

Platypus said...

Hallo Monika! Danke für deinen netten Kommentar auf meiner Seite! Ich war schon öfter mal hier, und bewundere deine Werke, besonders deine Decken, die sind ja suuuper!
Für so grosse Werke würd mir wahrscheinlich die Geduld fehlen...
Liebe Grüße, Platypus

meg said...

wow, monika! gorgeous work, yet again.

i love that color, too.

Nicole said...

Hey! That's the color and yarn that I'm using for my swallowtail (stalled many months ago)... also, I love your mitered socks - I'll be looking for the pattern!

Wendy said...

It's so beautiful. I love the color, the nice thing about muted tones is that you can wear brighter than normal colors under them.

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Your Swallowtail is beautiful in yoour chosen yarn. Great pics, too.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

It's beautiful and mine is almost the same color! Just playing around as I'm about to start the dreaded nubbs chart and stumbled into your post!