Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thwarted by weather

I was all ready to come home and post Tuesday - and we had no power all night. Thanks to the measly rain that fell earlier that day. I was a wee bit pissed. And last night we had to go out to dinner on Hubby's demand, so I was exhausted when we got home - no post.

Finally - a FO I'm really really proud of, and that took way too long to finish.

Pattern: Icarus from Interweave Knits and Best of Interweave by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in Sky Blue (I think)- 2 skeins
Needles: Sz 3 Clover circulars and Addi Lace
Dates: December 2006-May 2008
Mods: none
Thoughts: The needles made all the difference on this knit. I started it on the Clovers, as that's what I had, and the tiny yarn caught every time on the join. I probably spent more time moving stitches than knitting. But the purchase of the Addi Lace needles last summer considerably sped up the knitting process, and I would have been finished much sooner if not for other obligations (Christmas knitting, I'm looking at you) and the somewhat monotony of the first chart (Gah - I was sick of it by the last repeat!). But the edging is beautiful and I really enjoyed the last bit. At least I learned my lesson - I need more pattern in a shawl to keep my interest.

I did get to use my blocking wires (that I received Christmas 2006) for the first time, and I'm not sure I used them correctly, but they worked great for the top edge, and I pinned out each point individually. This ended up so bit it almost didn't fit on my blocking surface (The Girl's bed).

Overall, I"m really really pleased with it. It is lovely and soft and now, if I only had a place to wear it (or anything that fit to wear it with!)

I've got tons of other UFOs, but I've been bitten by the baby knits bug bad, and they will most likely remain UFOs for the forseeable future. More FOs soon!


  1. Congratulations! Perseverance furthers.

    No need to pin the points individually. Just run the blocking wire through them. Works like a charm (and is a lot faster, too).

  2. GORGEOUS!!!!

    (And proof that my inner being is a 10-year-ld boy: your verification code for this comment is "btwyjt' and the first thing that pops into my mind, in like a nano-second, is "Hey! It's an acronym for 'By the way, you just tooted.'" Moronic, I know.)

  3. Beautiful shawl! That is so frustrating when yarn gets caught on the needles. I have some Addi Naturas that practically have a crater at the join. Ugh.

  4. That came out gorgeous!!!! I say wear it everywhere - whether it's appropriate or matches or not!

  5. Really lovely! Congratulations!

  6. It's completely wonderful!

  7. Sooo pretty. I hope you find some great ways to wear it!

  8. Wow, that is lovely. Good work!

  9. Anonymous4:20 AM

    Beautiful work!
    Sandra Singh