Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Swallowtail Shawl is finished!

I finished the Swallowtail Shawl. It took 2 months, and I ignored it quite a bit, but it's done and given away. I liked knitting the edging better than the center, and yes, I even liked doing the nupps. Knitting this was pretty magical, if it hadn't been for an excellent chart by Eunny Jang, I could not have wrapped my head around how this work out. It's pretty amazing.

Blocking this was fun. I had this blob of alpaca, got it wet, then with some kite string and pins - voila! Look what happened! I used kite string for the top edge, and I got some quilt pins (with birght yellow balls on the ends - hard to miss if you forget one) that were nickel plated and 1 3/4" long. I made sure they were rust proof by letting one sit one the sink all day in a bit of water. I put a thick beach towel on the bed and stretched the shawl and pinned it out. The alpaca dried very quickly, and blocking it wasn't the dreadful chore I imagined it would be.

Swallowtail Shawl from Interweave Knits
Misti Alpaca 2 ply lace, less than 1 skein, 38 gm used
Size 4 Addi Lace needles

Cupcake and Ollie.


Queen of the froggers said...

It looks fabulous, well worth the pain!

Marcy said...


prairiegirl said...

The shawl is so pretty!

Kitties are really cute too! :)