Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Start of Handspun Shawl

Hello, I thought I'd share the start of my shawl. The yarn is from a skein that has been in my stash for years. I spun it as a singles when I was first learning to spin so it varies from fingering to sport/dk weight. It is from approx 5 oz of BFL, handdyed by Lynne Vogel and spun up to about 668 yards. The pattern is Blue Jean Lace Leaf Shawl. I am really enjoying knitting with this soft, lofty yarn.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Forest Canopy!

Finished this a day or two ago. It's pretty small but I like it anyway. It's all blocked and done now, it's pinned out in the picture. This is my second shawl from handspun. I've got yarn spun for an Adamas shawl, and I'm spinning for a Juno Regina, and still have roving to spin for one more shawl. I'm taking my time on all those. :)


Since the color of this yarn is a little muted/muddy, I've decided a shawl with lots of open areas is the best option. Having solid areas only makes it more obvious that the colors don't pop on this baby. The pattern is "Hyrna" from the book Three-Cornered & Long Shawls by Sigridur Halldorsdottir. I'm knitting on US 4 nedles and this shawl starts at the back of the neck and growns outwards like wings (similiar to Evelyn Clark triangle type shawls). It's not a huge shawl so I'm sure I have plenty to knit this. The book is a little unusual in that the charts are all hand written. There is a supplimental booklet in English explaining techniques and an English stitch key so it's been OK to knit so far. I have no idea why I keep picking patterns that are not in English as I don't speak any other language. Maybe something from the Estonian lace book next :-)