Today at 4:30 a.m. I was unpinning my Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl so I could take it to work with me.
So today you get the official “Hanging on the Cat-Puke-Pink Cubicle Wall” photo.
(When we hire someone to fill that cublicle, where will I take photos?)
And the “On the Back of Wendy’s Desk Chair” shot as well. (Sorry, Amelia, that’s the best I can do for now!)
So the Shetland Garden will be my “at work” shawl for a while. And I was happy to note when I got to the office this morning that they did not turn the a/c off over the weekend like they did last weekend. (When I got to work last Monday the temp in my office was 88 degrees. After about 4 hours it cooled down to under 80.)
I wore the Shetland Garden today in my office intermittently during the day. Having to dress for almost triple-digits outside temperature and a tad-too-chilly indoors temperatures at the same time, shawls are very handy!
It is quite wearable and stays on the shoulders very easily without my having to mess with it. I wore it into the freezer that is our conference room for the morning meeting, and a couple of the other women were eyeing it covetously.
Anyhow, some final notes on the shawl.
It is available from Sivia Harding Knit Designs. I highly recommend this pattern. It was very clearly written and the charts were, as far as I could tell, error-free. There are several different motifs that make up the entire pattern, so you don’t get bored doing the same thing over and over.
As Alice in Richmond mentioned in the comments, I did state in the past that I have no particular fondness for Faroese shawls. I think that’s because I didn’t like the lace patterns on any I had seen thus far. I like delicate, traditional lace. This shawl fit the bill perfectly. I love it.
In the comments, LisaB said:
I have a question. When pinning out for blocking, do you measure out each side from the center? To ensure that both sides are the same width?
Yup, I sure do! I don’t want to get over-aggressive in my blocking on one side and end up lopsided! I usually measure down the center point of the back as well, to see if my blocked length is close to the length the pattern states.
Thanks for all your great comments about the shawl. WendyKnits gives this pattern two thumbs up!
I Gotcha Spiders Right Here, Buddy. Inky Dinky Ones.
As I mentioned yesterday, I started the Inky Dinky Spider Stole Saturday night. The project specs are over in the sidebar, on the right side of the page.
I knitted the mitre for the first corner, the thirteen repeats for the bottom edging, and the mitre for the second corner while we watched a DVD of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Perfect type of movie for lace knitting!
Sunday morning I picked up the stitches along the long edge of the bottom edging, and started with the first part of the pattern, the spiders.
I’m using Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca for this. Someone asked in the comments a few days ago if this yarn sheds alot. It does have a wee bit of a fuzzy halo, but I notice very little shedding so far.
And in yesterday’s comments, Ann asked about knitting this design in Crystal Palace Kid Merino. I’m not familiar with this yarn, but assume it does have a fair bit of fuzz. I’d probably stick to something less fuzzy, but you could always do a swatch in one of the pattern stitches, block it out, and see what you think.
Someone else wondered about using a variegated yarn for this. The photo on the pattern shows it in a variegated and I think it looks great, so I had no qualms about using the yarn I chose. The java colorway does not have startling color changes, so I think the pattern will show up quite nicely.
Lucy decided to mix things up today, and pose on the couch instead of on her favorite knitting bag.