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Monday, January 09, 2006

The Amazing 5 Day Shawl

You are looking at a Pink Lemon Twist record. This shawl took 5 days from casting on to blocking! It is the Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style knit in a handspun Kitchen Sink Batt named "Rendezvous at Dusk." The pattern originally called for size 6 needles and 8 repeats of the body chart. I used size 8 needles (this yarn seriously fluffed up after spinning) and 12 repeats of the body chart. My finished measurements are 76 inches across the top and 34 inches from the point to the top center. The pattern was the traditional Shetland Fir Cone pattern, which as you saw last week, knits into the most delightful waffle shaped mess before its blocked. If anyone has ever wanted to knit a waffle, I think Fir Cone might be a good way to start. Here is a detail shot of the point of the shawl in case anyone is really hoping to see that:

As you can see, the pattern has a different edging chart which makes points - always a nice way to end a shawl. I thought about putting some beads at the points, but I didn't have anything that matched here and was too lazy to drag myself to the bead store. The yarn has some sparkle since Kary added some gold Angelina (tiny wisps of gold colored tinsel like stuff that gets spun into the wools and silk for all you non spinners) so beads might have been too much anyway.


Blogger sopranospinner said...

I am in awe! Wish I could finish anything but kids' socks in 5 days! Someday I will have more time, I think...

Beautiful work!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Cassie said...

Beautiful shawl - I don't have that book (one of the few) but that shawl is tempting. Beads would have been lovely, but its already handspun and its hard to improve upon that. Wear it well.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous June said...

Five days! Yowza!

Beautiful work, as always. :)

1:11 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...


3:36 PM  
Blogger K.T. said...

Truly beautiful. A great job and a land speed record to boot. I think it is perfect just the way it is, save the beads for another day. Congratulations!

8:17 PM  
Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

Just amazing!!!

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous shawl!! They should have put yours in the book. I didn't really like it much until I saw yours.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

Wonderful shawl and socks! Very, very inspiring. I've never tried any of the kitchen sink batts, but have been tempted a number of times

11:27 AM  
Blogger Kary said...

Oh Melanie .... it came out beautiful!! WOW!!!!

12:51 PM  

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