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Daybreak Shawl

The final shawl I have to show off is Stephen West’s Daybreak pattern. I saw this shawl going around Ravelry and loved it’s shape and style. I picked yarn that is outside the range of my normal color palette but I really like the results. This shawl is springy and energetic, and very easy to wear.

Tom bought me a beautiful wooden shawl pin for Christmas that is perfect for this shawl. I’m so pleased to finally have a shawl pin because I think it makes my lace items a lot more wearable – I can just anchor a shawl once and go, rather than constantly adjusting my shawls as they slide off my shoulders.  As a result, I wore my lacework a lot more often this winter than I have in the past.

Do you knit lace, and if so, do you wear it frequently? With a shawl pin or without?

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Shawls, take two

Another shawl that I finished a while ago and photographed this weekend is the Eliina shawl.  I was lucky enough to receive a gift certificate to the Stitch House from a friend, and I decided to buy this beautiful purple cashmere yarn with it.

I liked this shawl pattern because of it’s beautiful edging.  Of course, partway through my knitting I realized that I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to complete the shawl at the size I wanted.  Rather than shrink the overall size of the shawl, I  used some lace weight Knitpicks Bare Merino to do the edging.  I actually really like the results – I think doing the edging in a contrast color makes it really pop.

The looped bind-off took forever, but I think it was worth it.  It makes me look fancy (and helps cover the big belly!)

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Shawl Party, part 1

I’ve been really lax in getting these finished objects photographed, but in the past 6 months or so I’ve done a lot of shawl knitting. Now that the temperatures have warmed up a little, Tom and I were able to take some nice photos in the park. I’ll post a few shawls over the next few days, but I’m starting with with my Cold Mountain shawl.

I love this shawl’s graphic simplicity. It’s beautiful and one of my most-worn lace items. The pattern is very simple, but not enough so that it gets boring to knit. I loved it as soon as I saw it in the 2009 Summer Knitty and I’m glad that (eventually) made it.

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In working towards my 10-item “use it up” challenge, I’ve completed another project. I used some free wool that I received from a friend and made Cosmicpluto’s Simple Yet Effective shawl pattern. I blocked the heck out of it to make my scratchy yarn a little softer. The blocking flattened out some of the garter ridges, but I’m still pleased with it.

Gray Triangle Shawl Full

I think this is a perfect around-the-house shawl for cooler winter days. It’s not as glamorous as some of my lace shawls, but it’s sturdy and homey, which I like a lot.

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Mini Shawl

I’ve been on a lace kick recently, and this is one of the projects that started it all off.

Swallowtail

This is the Swallowtail Shawl, available for free on Ravelry. Mine came out closer to kerchief size because I used fine yarn and pretty small needles, but I’m happy with the results. I try to jauntily tie it over my shoulders, but the reality is that I prefer to look at it more than wear it – I’m just not cool enough to pull it off. But it is beautiful and knitting nupps is way more fun than I thought it would be!
One more pic…

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