Sunday, December 27, 2009

Honey of a handknitted shawl




What's not to like?

Pattern: Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl, Folk Shawls

Yarn: handspun alpaca, dk-worsted weight, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and a small hank from another alpaca festival

Modifications: ended garter stitch portion before the wrong side row increases that produce the longer "tails"; used yarnovers for all increases; added a third color to the feather and fan portion.
That was my present. The one gift I knitted was a pair of socks, using Dream in Color Smooshy and the pattern from the Holiday Vogue Knitting:

While a lighter yarn would have shown the lace pattern better, the dark green Smooshy is a pretty color. (Too bad my camera isn't up to capturing it.) There's just enough contrast with the bits of burgundy, but not enough to overwhelm the lace. Initially, I was quite happy to have a pattern that was so complicated. At the time I started these, I needed something to balance the garter stitch shawl and the plain striped socks that were boring me. However, having over half the second sock to knit and only a couple of days before Christmas was a bit too much complication. My holiday schedule didn't allow much solitary knitting time. I finally grafted the toe Christmas morning, gave them a quick block before the fan, and gifted them that afternoon. Whew!

I did modify the toe by continuing the lace pattern along both sides. It made a pointy toe, but was fun to try. The giftee likes fancy toes.

This afternoon I'll finish the plain striped socks and decide what to start for the new year. I have sock yarn wound, but I'm thinking sweater.

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