Why I find this shawl so appealing is a mystery to me. This is certainly not the most beautiful shawl I have knit. The colour (off in this photo, the colour is called Moorit I think) – first of all – is plain and simple but easy and comfy and not demanding or showy. The yarn is hand spun Shetland and I did not do a very good job in spinning and it is showing some wear. There was a time when I thought that Shetland was my wool and if I were to choose one to spin for the rest of my life, I would have chosen Shetland then. I did not have any shawl pattern but the stitch pattern must be one of the most used ones. This shawl is very similar to many on the market but I was not following any written instructions, I was trying to figure out how to do the increases and add an edging by myself. And the shawl is very big. But this is the shawl I use all the time. She isn’t any kind of prima Donna nor is she the centrepiece of my wardrobe but a faithful and quiet and trusty companion. There is nothing - neither spectacular nor luxurious - in her and I don’t feel that I need to save her (as stupid as it might sound) for better days or occasions.
But realizing how important this shawl had become to my everyday well being made me want to start on lace again and I picked up my Icelandic ufo with the alpaca yarn. Light and airy and so very thin alpaca feels a bit strange and difficult now and this brings me to my dilemma with the next shawl. Should I use fingering weight all wool yarn or should I consider something more luxurious? When I look at the shawl in my lap, I think that the fingering wool would be the right choice, but I have some very lovely delicate beauties that just might be a good choice after all… Then again, I live in the country and seldom go anywhere.
The edging of the Icelandic shawl was a surprise to me. I thought I was knitting again the green little shawl I showed you yesterday until I actually started the edging according to the copy of the pattern I had stored with the shawl in a plastic bag. The shawl I seem to be knitting is this one! This shows just how long time ago was the last time I put any rows on this shawl. Really I’m quite happy with this surprise because the recipient is going to love the frill factor this shawl has. The edging rows are long and with all the work around at the moment the edging just might take a bit longer than I thought.
Now let’s see if I manage to upload a little video clip of my other walking companion and inspiration for the new lace era…(Now that I wrote lace era down, I’m sure my mind will come up with a sweater pattern with plain stockinette…)
Thank you for your support and nice comments and tips for knitting books and yarn!
(The baby knits book I showed some time ago does have some charts but ability to understand few French words - ability that I totally lack - would be very helpful.)