Did you ever have those moments when you look back and say to yourself, now if only I had done this in a different order…..
Such as… if only I had started with the Spring Thaw Shawl instead of the Gamayun Bird, I’d at least have finished one of them on vacation. And I totally could have managed it on the plane.
So without further delays… allow me to present a completed Spring Thaw Shawl!
Spring Thaw… just in time for fall chills
This pattern is actually pretty easy to follow along, and available in both written and charted if you want to get your toe in the waters of lace so to speak. I went with 12 leaf repeats down the center spine, primarily because of how my yarn colorway was working I decided I wanted to end as I began.. in the dark smoke.
Perfect for a gentle breeze like the one today!
The yarn I used was Patton’s Lace in Woodrose, and it took me just under a skein from start to finish….. which means I have another skein of it. To me, the browns and greys make it more interesting than just a simple pale pink.
The mohair in the mix gives it a nice soft fuzz look.
I was rather surprised at how quickly this came together… from cast on to fully blocked and photographed in just 6 days!
So a few posts ago, I was talking about my troubles with my Gamayun Bird Shawl and even before that I was posting about the planning of it to have a colorway similar to the Evening Grosbeak female birds we get here, because I find their grey and yellow to be rather lovely.
I am ready to say that I finally finished my shawl!
Normally I post inside pictures, but today was just too nice of a day to not get my bird in the sun!
This was the first charted lace knit project I’ve ever tried. And so I made one kind of major mistake… I read the chart left to right, as I would read a book or a cross stitch chart. But in actuality, knit charts are supposed to be knit right to left, the opposite way. Now I was fortunate in that this is a fairly symmetrical pattern so when I discovered my error as I was about to forge onto chart three… I was able to read stitches and adjust my pattern to turn out and not frog back for the bazzillionth time.
Here’s a bit of an indoor close up:
Mirror, Mirror Gamayun on the Wall
So technically speaking this is a mirror version of the pattern, but I have this rule that if you can look at it with the eyes of someone that didn’t knit it and it and the issue is not noticeable, then you should just chalk it up to the field of “one of a kind” and not a mistake of epic proportions.
This pattern did give me a good opportunity to use life lines (which are a separate contrast yarn you thread through your rows every so often in case you have to frog back some so you don’t drop any of those stitches) which I am certain I will use when I take on the task of fixing the Luscious sweater. (No, its not fixed yet. Be patient… its my second sweater ever and I’m spending quite a bit of time figuring out the best way to fix it with my limited skill.)
Perhaps you will recall my friends I gave the orange and blue quilts to? (If not see here and here) Well, “Mr. Endless Stairs” enjoys woodworking, and frankly he’s pretty amazing at it. Today he brought me a gift I totally happy danced over.
My very own Quilt Rack:
Happy Dance not shown.
Now I’m having a difficult time deciding where I want to put it… for now its in the family room, with my first ever quilt on it:
PIkmin 3 is out tomorrow fyi! And those aren’t wrinkles.. those are snuggle impressions! (ok, they ARE wrinkles but I couldn’t wait to take pictures!)
And here’s a couple more glamour shots…. I will have a post sometime in the not too distant future where you can see that light blue one in the back better, but that’s for another day… today its all about the wood underneath!
Yes… its overcast here near the Seattle side…. what makes you ask?
And a fine top down view with some new fabrics from the new local quilt shop:
I think the blue one looks like Frank Lloyd Wright stain glass, and the green is more Tiffany style
And while I said it in person, I shall say it again to all and sundry…. Thanks! It really is an amazing gift.