Thursday, February 04, 2010

I Love Lace, I Love Shawls

Yes, I am so much in love that I knitted 3 in the last 2 months ! They are great projects as lace knitting is interesting but not too much lace that will complicate matters. Plus shawls are great as gifts, so I gave 2 of them away.

This is the 1st shawl that I designed & it's a simple flower & leave design from Evelyn Clark's book, Knitting Lace Triangles. I designed this shawl for a special friend, Danuta who had given me so much help, advice & inspiration in starting my own vegetable garden.

This Cottage Garden Shawl is knitted in Zen Yarn Garden Bamboo yarn & I added beads on the border. The shawl turned out so well & Danuta loved it !

The 2nd shawl is also given away to a dear friend that I worked with in the school canteen for her birthday. It's the Travelling Woman knitted in Dream In Color Smooshy ......

This is another great pattern which knitted up very fast. I started this shawl when I was on holiday in Melbourne & finished it in 3 days but could not cast off as I did not have a bigger needle. So I had to wait till I came home to do the cast off.

I did an extra repeat of the pattern & also added a couple more rows to the border. The size turned out a little bigger & I love the curved shape of the shawl. I may have to knit another one for myself.

The 3rd shawl is the Haruni which is one of the popular patterns in ravelry & it's gorgeous ....

I love the border as it's really unusual but the knitting was tough as at one point, I had more than 500 sts on the needle ! It took a long while to get through 1 row but I enjoyed every minute of it. I will knit another one if someone wants one ( a good excuse for me to cast on). The yarn I used is so soft & silky & knitting it was heaven - it's the Mini Maiden in Topaz color. I love this yarn as the shawl looks drapey with a little sheen on it.

The crochet cast off is a new technique for me & it was fun doing it but not when I was blocking. I had to pin out all the little loops & that took a while. Anyway, all the efforts were worth it as the shawl looks great. This one I am keeping for myself.

I have also a couple of projects which I finished recently but I am suffering from blogging burnout. I am sure some of you may have noticed that my last post was more than 1 month ago & it took me a while to gather the energy to do this posting. I can't explain why as it's just the mood. Every morning when I sit in front of the computer, I prefer to just browse through ravelry & then read a few of my favorite blogs. Then that's it!

So, I think posting on my blog will be more irregular from now but I will try to update my projects page on ravelry. I will keep in touch !


Rachel said...

All these are beautiful...pattern, colors and execution! I've been feeling the lace itch lately as well. I need to get a couple things off the needles first, but then casting on lace!

The Yarn Cafe said...

Incredible work Ann - I;m so impressed!

Beate said...

Beatifull, beatifull- I like your new look as well.- have a nice saturday evening.

Anni said...

Gorgeous shawls, especially the last one which is stunning.