Friday, June 19, 2009

What I did on my summer vacation

Unwittingly followed Elizabeth Zimmermann's directive and knit a lace shawl, of course!

After unsuccessfully trying to knit socks out of some lovely Jojoland Melody superwash (a little too thin, not quite bouncy enough), I decided it would be better suited for lace. Enter the popular Aeolian Shawl.

Aeolian Shawl

Begun on the plane, June 8; finished before I had to get back on the plane, June 16. This of course is the small version - the big one is even more spectacular but I have no idea where I'd wear a big shawl these days. A little one makes a great scarf.

I was overconfident that I had enough yarn and began to knit looser and looser through the edging section. Of course I ran out of yarn on the bindoff but was able to make a last minute substitution. It's not perfect, but it'll do.

I decided against adding beads to this design; I don't think I'm much of a fan of beads in knitting generally. The nupps were pretty straightforward after I figured out exactly how to work them, but I did miss a loop on one and had to sew it back down (not so much fun).

The 'on-the-lamp' shot:
Aeolian Shawl

And some close-ups:
Aeolian Shawl

The edging is what really makes this design shine - the strong geometric zig-zag and the exuberance of the floral ruffle design together have a big, big impact.

Aeolian Shawl

I may need more little triangles in my life - the Swallowtail Shawl (from IK) has been on my list for a while too. But I think Whisper is next. I've seen too many nice ones not to follow suit, and I have just the thing for it.


Guardian of Gimcracks/Oyster Girl said...

So pretty!

Sarah G said...

Very pretty, you're right, that ruffle edging really makes the shawl. I reminds me of flowers, very organic. I started knitting my first shawl (Ishbel), but I haven't gotten to the lace portion yet - soon!

Vonnie said...

That is absolutely gorgeous work!