Let’s talk about that shawl. I know most of you come here for knitting and spinning so let’s talk about this happy little shawl. It all starts with the fiber and the yarn
The fiber is a combed blended Merino silk top from Ashland Bay. I spun it in a worsted style. If I hadn’t started it at 11 at night, I might have spun it from the fold with a long draw. It’s a heavy fiber and spinning it worsted makes a strong but heavy yarn.
The garment made from this yarn will not be likely to pill and the yarn is really tough.
I knew I didn’t have a lot of time to knit this. Well, I was giving myself 2 weeks and under normal circumstances that’s plenty of time to knit a sweater or a shawl. But in the middle of shows and shipping club, it’s difficult though not impossible. So I started in as soon as the yarn was dry.
I knit every little chance I got. At the end of the 2 weeks, I had added one extra pattern repeat for length and finished off the edging. All to the specifications of the wonderful pattern from Susan’s Forest Canopy Shawl. I chose this shawl because I knew it well and it makes a gorgeously simple shawl. Not too frilly but not too plain either. It’s perfect for most people.
I love the blocking of lace. Well, I have to admit that threading the wires carefully through here and there is a bit annoying as it seems to take so very long to do. In some cases it takes more than an hour to get a shawl set to dry.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this shawl. I’m glad I did it in blue. If it was in a favored color of mine, it might be a little harder to give up.