Swallows and Shawls

October 5, 2008 at 5:29 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

I finished a Swallowtail Shawl this summer, and while I did post some utterly horrid blocking pictures of her on Ravelry, she really hasn’t been documented properly. I feel like this shawl, folded gently on my bookshelf, is like a beautiful debutante waiting in the wings for the courage to come out. And so, here are some suitable pictures of one of my favorite finished projects:

Swallowtail Shawl 4

Swallowtail Shawl 3

Swallowtail Shawl 1

The specs:

Finished size: 60″ (!) from tip to tip

Yarn: my handspun, 2 skeins. The first skein, which makes up the bulk of the shawl, is about 200 yds of fingering-weight created from a blend of mohair, alpaca, merino and Angelina. Beautiful colors- everything from peach to mauve to purple, with little bits of teal here and there. The outer portion of the shawl (the “swallowtails”, if you will) is made up of about 200 yds of fingering-weight created from a blend of mohair, alpaca, merino, angora, and silk. Absolutely luscious. Both yarns were just tweedy enough to keep things interesting, but subdued enough to let the lace patterns shine through.

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark, Fall 2006 Interweave Knits

Needles: 5.0 mm Addi Turbos

My thoughts: like many others who have made this pattern, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable knit, made all the more fulfilling with the use of handspun.Very pleasantly surprised by how much the change in gauge really pumped up the size of the finished piece.

This is something to be treasured, and passed down someday… something I can look at during difficult days and know that I am capable of making things of great beauty… something I can wrap myself in when feeling chilly or drape myself with when I am feeling romantic.


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