Monday, August 28, 2006

Swallowtail Shawl

I don't know what it is about knitting shawls, but it is as addictive as knitting socks.
I love it!



(sorry...the lighting is horrible today, I think it is going to rain)

Started: I don't know...I think the 14th of August.
Finished: Aug 25, 2006
Yarn: Lana Gatto Tolegno VIP (80% wool, 20% cashmere) colour 12965 x2 balls
Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl from the current IK (Fall 2006)
Adjustments: I went with a larger needle (bryspun US#6) and I guess a thicker yarn...not by much! My finished measurements are 64" wide by 28" long.

Here is a close up of the lily of the valley edging:



I love this pattern...especially the lily of the valley borders...the texture with the lace is beautiful! It was a quick knit...even though I was knitting other projects during the same time period. A fairly simple pattern for the average knitter.

A finished Christmas knit...
And so begins the endless Christmas Knits that you will now see on the blog.
I love knitting for other people...especially those that really appreciate it.

32 comments:

Laura B said...

It's so beautiful! Congrats on another incredible fo!

grumperina said...

Carolyn, you've done it again. Now I must have one, too! It's the lily of the valley edging with the little bobbles - too cute! This will probably be the next lace in line...

Nicole said...

Looks beautiful!

May Yan said...

Looks great!
If you put all the xmas knitting on the blog, are people no longer surprised when they get the gift? Or do most people you give knitting to, not read your blog?

brooklyn tweed said...

it looks great! i'm just one chart away from being finished with mine. aren't the nupps great?!

Peg said...

Beautiful shawl, Carolyn! I am taking the pattern with me to NS, as I am buying some Sea Silk and know that I will want to start the shawl before I return home!
Thanks for the link to the blocking board. I had a board I used for needlework and I used gingham to cover the board. It definitely has a grid!

Amanda said...

That's a lovely shawl! I am very impressed that you have already finished a lovely gift for the holidays before September has even begun. I just started reading your blog recently, and I must say that your work is inspiring.

Beth said...

Seriously? Less than 2 weeks! Fabulous.

Dorothy said...

Wow, great job! That looks fabulous.

beth said...

That is utterly beautiful!!! I'm working on a shawl myself and your FO is very inspiring:)

Ninabeena said...

It's beautiful. I can't believe how incredibly quick you knit that up! Wow

caro said...

It's gorgeous! It makes me want to knit a shawl. Beeeeeea-utiful.

Liz K. said...

Only you would call a lace shawl with nupps an easy knit.

The color is lovely.

Theresa said...

Wow - didn't I JUST see that in the magazine? How speedy!

Jennifer said...

What a fantastic looking shawl. Your yarn choice shows off the pattern beautifully.

nat said...

Very pretty shawl. That was my favorite part of it, too - the borders.
:)

Lark said...

How do I get on your Christmas list? It's a gorgeous shawl.

Lark said...

How do I get on your Christmas list? It's a gorgeous shawl.

wavybrains said...

I love doing gift knitting as well. I love the way this turned out. I actually like this better than the published one in the magazine.

Leah said...

Gorgeous! I love the detail shot.

Lolly said...

Beautiful work! A friend of mine also finished this shawl - it is truly amazing! I love yours!

Courtney said...

Hi, I'm Courtney...been reading for a while. It's really beautiful! nice work!

sonja poor said...

Your shawl is gorgeous, the color and workmanship superb. What a terrific gift! Thanks for the great close-up photos.

Lori in Michigan said...

Truly spectacular Carolyn! It's on my to-do list!

Lori

Marisa said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

wakana said...

wow! it's simply gorgeous! i wanted to knit this as well, but i even haven't gotten my yarn yet...quick and beautiful job!

quenna said...

OOoooo, such a lovely color!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous. And you are soooo good about your Christmas knitting. I'm too selfish.

Kirsten said...

That's it! I can't stand it anymore! I am casting on the Swallowtail Shawl tomorrow!
I agree, all I think about are socks and shawls. I think it is all of the lacy patterning opportunities. Oh, that and beautiful yarn. :)

Dove Knits said...

Wow...

Sandy said...

Now I *really* want to make a lace shawl! I think I may even go buy the yarn right now. :) You did an amazing job on this shawl, and you finished it so quickly...

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Love your colour too, thanks for sharing because I'm considering this beautiful shawl for a Christmas gift. Could you share pls how you handled the P5tog? Congrats, dolma