Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Another Swallowtail Shawl

Because I must do as Peggy does:

Getting started

Lifeline at point where Lilly of the Valley pattern
would begin if I knit as given in original
Pre-blocked but finished knitting
Blocking close-up of Lilly of the Valley
Blocking on towels
Indoor natural light
Finished and indoor with natural light
Finished and outside in natural cloudy light

Spinner/Knitter: Rebecca
Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl, design by Evelyn A. Clark
Source: Interweave Knits, Fall 2006
Fiber: Corriedale X, hand dyed by Baa Bette's Fleece
Source: The Bellwether, purchased March, 2006 at the Whidbey Island Weavers Guild Spin-In
Treatment: Spun in April, 2006 on my Betty Roberts Russian Olive wheel and then I chained the single and ended up with a fingering weight yarn, 667 total yards.
Shawl knitting began on Dec 26th, finished January 7th, 2007
Beads: #6 seed beads from Stash (Yes, I also have a bead stash. Your point?)
Finished measurements: 31" Neck to point, 64" tip to tip (32" each tip to neck)
I used a size 8 needle. Because I had enough yarn and didn't want a lot left over, plus I like a big shawl, I increased the first pattern by 5 more repeats, a total of 60 added stitches, 30 each side of the center marker. The next 2 patterns are ten stitch repeats and fit right in. The third pattern is a 6 stitch repeat so needed slight modifying at the beginning and end so that the repeats line up as they should ~ no big deal, really.
Notes: You may notice the radically different colors, photo to photo. It was impossible to maintain the actual color of the fiber, but the one that comes closest is the Finished inside with natural light.


Naomi said...

Absolutely Beautiful! How do you two do that(get things done so quickly and with beautiful handspun)!?! I'm impressed! Missed you last night!

loribird said...

Beautiful! I love the look of the shawl in handspun!

Jessica said...

Gorgeous! Someday I'll knit with my handspun instead of just sticking it in a storage bin.

vanessa said...

i lurve the colors :-)

Jennie said...

Absolutely lovely. What a wonderful shawl. Those colors--mmm!