Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Larix

So here is my finished test knit shawl Larix by Alexandra Wiedmayer. I really liked her original shawl very much, the yarn she used is just so beautiful, well orange and green are just MY colors, so they speak to me.
Larix shawl finished
I'm very happy how my handspun turned out in this shawl. It's Rusty I showed you before. Two skeins of the Rusty colorway, and part of one skein of oatmeal BFL.
Larix shawl finished
I'm not so happy with the way I blocked this shawl. I don't have space for a good blocking right now. No more carpet floorings, which is probably the only negative thing about getting rid of them. I only had four foam pads, and I struggled to keep it within it's foaminess. But I think I'll just block it better the next time I'll wash this shawl, which will be a while anyway.
Larix shawl finished
I liked this design right away, and am glad that I got a chance to test knit it. It looks simple, but even though Alexandra says in the pattern, that once you get the repeats, you can remove the place markers, I never did. I never fully memorized the whole reapeat, and was thankful for the place markers, especially since you have to move them in certain rows. But the relaxing part is the stockinett part of the shawl. Mine is smaller, I didn't get a chance to measure it, but it's easy to make it as large as one wants it to be.
It was a pleasure to knit with my handspun. I especially like how the yarn was stripey to the end. It's no surprise, I wanted it that way, but still, you never exactly know how your handspun will turn out when knit up.

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17 comments:

Carol said...

This is absolutely beautiful and I will have to knit one now I have seen it so thankyou for the gorgeous photographs!!!!

renetsil said...

This is just beautiful and stunning!!! Everything you show us is wonderful but I feel compelled to knit one of these straight away so i hope i can find yarn that will look as good! Thanks for the gorgeous photographs...all of them :)

wolltrunken said...

Ganz, ganz wunderbar! Bei dem Tuch kommt die Schoenheit des Garns einfach toll zur Geltung - und umgekehrt.

Liebe Gruesse

von Birgit

teresa said...

Hi Monika,
I'm a potuguese knitter and I follow your blog since 2007 and I love it.
Your Shawl "Larix" look like a codfish that we use in the portuguese cuisine. But I like it a lot.

Teresa
P.S. My English is terrible, sorry!

Walden said...

Looks lovely, very Fall and bat-like.

MiA said...

Wow! I love it! It looks like it is flying :)) Colours are gorgeous!

Virginia said...

Really gorgeous. Plus the colors are amazing. That's going to be a wonderful shawl to curl up in this fall.

Lynn One, Purl Two said...

Beautiful shawl Monika!

I hope the renos are going well!

2paw said...

It looks lovely all lying flat but so gorgeous with all its drapery when it is on the model!!

Ann said...

Beautiful!!

Toby said...

This pattern is such a great match for your handspun. I love the vertical texture opposed to the horizontal color changes.

Susan said...

I don't know when you are finding time to knit with everything else going on. The shawl is gorgeous and the oatmeal yarn works perfectly!

Sharon V said...

Your shawl is beautiful and you must feel a special sense of pride having used your own handspun. Isn't it great to see your yarn in action? Great job!

Moni said...

This is stunning. Love your creativity! Hugs,moni

Irene said...

Monica, sometimes you really do take my breath away! I'm gob-smacked by beauty! WOW!

Hege said...

Beautiful shawl (as always)!
Have a great weekend :)

Laurie said...

Amazing shawl and perfect choice of colors! I've added that one to my queue.