Monday, March 21, 2011

Retirement Gift (Madli's Shawl)



It's been a good long time since I posted but much of what I've been doing has not been lace related. This however, is the most recently finished project. Madli's Shawl is another Estonian lace project from the Nancy Bush book. Since it was knit for a co-worker who is to retire, she picked the color and shape as well as the fiber content if not the actual pattern. The Madli's Shawl is a simple but pretty knit which can be worn casually if desired.
I had fleegle dye me purple silk yarn in her AK47 base and it knit up beautifully with spectacular drape and softness. It almost feels as if there must be cashmere in it only it's 100% silk. I love silk because it blocks and holds shape so well. It's wonderful for a stole because it's not too warm to wear a stole is easy for people to wear.
Because of the time-frame, I had to put aside any other knitting to finish this one in time. Now that it's finally done, I'm trying to finish up on three shawls before I start anything new so there should be more for me to post soon!

15 comments:

Carolyn said...

Lovely. Simply lovely.

fleegle said...

Well of course it's totally gorgeous! Your knitting, my yarn...how could it possibly be anything other than spectacular? :)

Jane said...

Dear Carolyn,

Thank You! So many people have retired where I work that it's not that easy to keep up!

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

I LOVE knitting with this yarn! It's so soft and the semi solid color was perfect for this type of a shawl. It helped to break-up the pattern in the center and provide more visual interest. I have some left so perhaps I will turn it into a Percy shawl since the one you knit is so beautiful! Thanks for making this yarn for me :-)

LittleBerry said...

the shawl is lovely and you're quite right about a stole being easier to wear than many other shapes.....

Nice to hear from you :o)

Cookie said...

Just beautiful! Well done!

PenCraft said...

It's gorgeous. Lovely job of the knitting and the yarn looks really lovely too. Hmmm. Wish I worked where you work and I was retiring! :)

Ann said...

OOh, I'm going to have to have Nancy Bush's book. The stole is lovely, a great combo of yarn & pattern. What, no nupps? HeeHee!

Jane said...

Dear LittleBerry,


Thank You! Knitting Stoles always feels like the knitting will never end but she wore her shawl to her retirement party and it did look really good on her :-)

Jane said...

Dear Cookie,

Thanks! Sometimes "duty" knitting is not as exciting as just knitting for fun but she worked for the company for 26 years. I think that deserves a shawl :-)

Jane said...

Dear PenCraft,

Thank you! I had to laugh. One of the "new hires" asked if I would knit her a shawl if she paid me. Of course I told her there was no way and she would have to retire to get one. Thing is, she is much younger than me and I will likely retire before her :-)

Jane said...

Dear Ann,

The Nancy Bush book has lots of very nice shawls in it but I'm all "nupped" out for the time being :-)

anust said...

absolutely wonderful shawl, I admire...

Jane/WTKnits said...

Stunning shawl and in my favourite colour too! i love the look of that silk yarn. think I may have to try some.

Faeryfay said...

OOooh I love the Madli and the spider shawl. Very gorgeous!