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Packing for Scotland 
28th-Feb-2008 10:51 am
and taking a coffee break.

The gossamer shawl is finished and I can't resist sharing it as I'm really pleased at how easy it was to knit. The only problem I had with it was the size. Although the length is exactly according to the pattern, the width is only about 44" when it should be 60". The pattern says the shawl doesn't need 'blocking' and, even if I did block it, I wouldn't be able to persuade it to get much beyond 46" without breaking the thread.

The photos don't do justice to the lovely colours in the Impressions yarn. There's no sign of the green and gold in either daylight (can you see kitty peeking through the lace?) or using the flash.

Click through the pick for the flash version

And I have enough yarn for a second shawl.
28th-Feb-2008 11:43 am (UTC)
That is really pretty - so delicate.

Have a great time in Scotland. Hope the weather is OK for you.
28th-Feb-2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
It really is very delicate. I kept catching rough skin in the mohair thread and was terrified it'd tear.

Hope the weather is OK for you.
Thanks. I'm really looking forward to crossing the border; something I've not done before.
29th-Feb-2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! I am knitting a shawl right now for my godmother for Mother's Day. I'm using the "fan & feather" pattern. It's fun, but I do have to pay lots more attention than when I am mindlessly knitting a scarf or hat. I have a huge fear of making a mistake when doing a lace pattern!
29th-Feb-2008 09:36 am (UTC)
I'm using the "fan & feather" pattern.
You're very brave. I hope it's finished in time for Sunday.

I tried a more complex lace pattern and frogged it 5 times before giving up. This one is closer to the 'mindless knitting' in that all the eyelets are a repeat of just two stitches and the lacy effect on the rest is plain knit on very large needles.
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