There has been lots of knitting since last July, but no blogging due to Adoption Related Trauma or ART (not the same as art). I hope to post more soon and yes, we're still looking.
This is my first lace project of any size, after cutting my teeth on Branching Out. It makes an excellent beginner piece. I had to tink a lot until my hands got the rhythm, but after that it was smooth sailing without being boring (until the end). I used Silky Wool because I wanted a slightly larger shawl. At first I thought the color was very elegant and restrained. About 2/3 of the way through, I was sick and tired of the baggy brown thing. Now that it's finished and blocked, I'm back with elegant and restrained.
Pattern: Shetland Triangle by Evelyn Clark from Wrap Style; lace pattern is Fir Cone
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Oatmeal (color 41); used 2 skeins (at 190 yards each), plus about 30 yards of a third skein
Needles: size 7 Addi Lace Turbos, 32" (the lace needles were a nice luxury, but not essential) ; bound off with size 8 needle, using lace bindoff
Gauge: 20 st x 26 rows in stockinette
Blocked size: about 60 inch wingspan, and 26 or so inches long
I'm including a before-blocking shot because I think the ripples are so cool. (Click on the picture for a larger version.)
I didn't quite think through the blocking process. After soaking the shawl and squeezing it out, I took it to the blocking board and found it was t00 big to block. The bed wasn't an option because it was nearly bed time. So I scratched my head and came up with this - propped the board up and draped the shawl over either side. The back side of the board is not nearly as easy to stick pins in, but it served the purpose.