Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Butterfly is Free

Not a quick finish, just a late sign up. I started the Swallowtail Shawl July 31st and found the KAL after reaching the halfway point. After putting the shawl down in frustation for about 2 1/2 weeks I picked it up again on Saturday. The nupps were kicking my tail. I love this shawl!!!

Can't say what the problem was because once I started back it was smooth sailing all the way. The "nuppiness" was fun after I overcame the original hurdle. I would not do a p5tog with the needles I used, Holz & Stein, but it was an excellent learning experience. A great prelude to the Estonian Shawl or Madli's Shawl. I moved each stitch to the right hand needle individually. This made them more uniform in size and then I purled them together to reduce the strain on the needle. A little more labor intensive but not bad at all.

I used Jaggerspun Zephyr in Cinnabar on size 4 mm needles. It measures 48" x 21.5". Just large enough to keep a chill off the shoulders. I have plans to knit at least 2 more in lace weight, one in black and the other in pink.

Thanks for letting me in on this KAL. I'm not a newbie to knitting or lace but sometimes we all meet our stumbling block. The pictures of the progress and completed shawls gave me lots of encouragement. They are all beautiful.

P.S. I blog at fiberitis if you would like to see more picks and details.


Lois said...

This is the 3rd red swallowtail I saw. yummy~

msloloknitter3 said...

The shawl is gorgeous!! I purchased some handspun laceweight yarn from my lys to began knitting it back in early August.