Saturday, January 06, 2007

Swallowtail Shawl 2

I just had to make another one of the Swallowtail Shawls since I gave mine away to Louise. I might just make several for gifts since they are so fast to knit and easy once you get used to those "nupps". This one is in Purple Cashmere that I bought from ColourMartUK on E-Bay. Still US 4 needles but this has not been washed or blocked yet so I expect the Cashmere to "bloom" or become softer and fuzzier. It means the pattern will not be as distinct, but I'm hoping it will be baby soft which should make up a little for the loss of definition in the eyes of the beholder. I just have to do the edge pattern and cast-off and then I can wash/block it.

For those who want to see someone knit the pants off of everyone else, and do it with style and grace, check out Missalicefaye because she's just started the Wedding Ring Shawl (http://missalicefaye.com/blog/) . She's knitting the alternate center panel and it looks beautiful! It gives me the buzz to start mine back up again, but when I do, I'm giving up on the left and right leaning decreases and will take the suggestion made to me at the Heirloom Knitting Group . I'm just going to use k2tog instead. It will make things go faster for me if I don't have to keep trying to remember right from left. For now however, I'm taking a break from Swallowtail and will continue on the endless edge of Mountain Pines for a bit.

Good Evening to All!

2 comments:

alice said...

Your Swallowtails are lovely! I knit mine as a break from the endless edging of the Unst, so maybe this breather will make ithe Mountain Pines edging (also lovely!)more bearable for a while. :)

You seem to have a better relationship with the nupps than I did--I was so happy when the last nupp row was finished... :)

Jane said...

Dear Alice,

I have gotten the "nupps" down and will be looking to use them in a few different things. It's like learning a new trick. I have a copy of Fiber Trends "Estonian Garden Wrap & Scarf" and that looks like it has "nupps" as well as the "Lily of the Valley" shawl from the Knitters Magazine Summer 2004 issue that was made by Galina Khmeleva.

Of course, I could just be crazy:-)