Around and around

The Pi Shawl, she is done, and I am well pleased. I wore it out on Wednesday as a layer under my jacket (then, erm, learned very quickly to be careful not to choose jackets with little grabby snaggy parts underneath the collar – had a close call) and got to show it off at the Toronto Downtown Knit Collective meeting at ‘show and tell’, which was also super fun. Go ahead and knit yourself one of these, man. I mean, sure, it’ll take a while. But then you get this:

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This is worked with 2 skeins (just 2 skeins – 5g left of the 2nd one) of Indigodragonfly 50/50 merino/silk, or about 1400 yards, in “One, one purple skein, Aaa Aaa Aaaah!” that I got myself last summer as a birthday present. I had a 3rd skein waiting and ready, but was glad to get to just the end of the 2nd one and not be left with a large amount of remnants. This is on a 4.0mm needle and after a solid blocking is about 5 and a half feet across. If i had to do it again, admittedly, I would go down to 3.5mm and work more rounds to compensate for the difference. The finished product here is lovely, but the yarnovers are a little wider than I’d like (this ain’t no Orenburg lace, to be sure, but you know) for full comfort. Still, I’m happy with it, and it’ll be a nice light layer or scarf to throw on when needed.

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Elizabeth Zimmerman’s instructions for this shawl are workable for a number of different yarn weights, so you could easily do it with fingering or DK if you like, for a snugglier garment. The yarnover variation here (yarnovers worked every 6th round) is one that appealed to me since it adds just a hint of interest, but a plain stockinette version would surely be the ultimate in mindless knitting, if a person were drawn to that sort of thing. And the garter stitch border is sitting there doing just what I wanted it to – being plain more than fancy, and floating along happily at the edge.

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So look at that. Sometimes when you put a project away for a few months, and then come back to it, you realize you really CAN finish it after all! Thank goodness.

I do have the Peacock Feathers shawl still waiting and on deck to come up next, but before I start that I am getting in some quality speed-stockinette time on a new Hourglass Sweater (pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts). It’s been on my brain ever since January when I went to Vogue Knitting Live with Lisa and she pulled hers out of her suitcase to wear one day and I immediately wanted one of my own. We’re just in sleeve country at the moment, but I’m hopeful that chugging away on this will have me a completed sweater in a brisk enough period of time, and then I can sink my teeth into some more lace knitting.

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Happy long weekend, or regular weekend if you are not in a Canadian part of the world! And happy knitting to all.

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12 responses to “Around and around

  1. Rayna

    I don’t get the concept of a Pi shawl. Do you wear it doubled over in a semi-circle? That’s the only way I can picture it.

    And good luck with the peacock shawl – that looks stunning! What colour have you bought for it?

  2. It looks gorgeous! And thanks to the colour name I’m going to have the Count’s voice in my head for a while. Perhaps I should go plant my remaining annuals & get that out of my system by counting as I go.

  3. I just found your lovely blog this evening.
    The Pi shawl looks gorgious!And those sleeves, I love the yarn, lovely colours.
    I’m off to look around your blog a bit more.

    Have a nice weekend.

  4. I’m asking Rayna’s question. How do you wear it?
    It IS gorgeous and I was so surprised at the blocked garment. I didn’t see it at all in your first picture a few days ago. (I got to get crackin’ with my shawls WIPs.)

  5. I’m planning on wearing it folded in half/doubled! Though I suppose one could wear it long with just a “collar” bit folded back. But the beauty of knitting it in a circle is that you never have to contend with a wrong-side row! It’s all “right side”. ;)

    G

  6. SusanS

    Quite an accomplishment!

  7. Beautiful – congratulations :)

  8. Your pi shawl is beautiful! I can’t wait to make one someday! I love the color as well and your pictures are beautiful!

  9. that looks amazing :) thank for sweet comment.well done.

  10. I am so excited to see the sweater. I used a similar technique when I knit my poppy sweater (its on ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/CakewalkYarns/poppy) I used a ton of leftover noro & just kind of went with whatever color was next as far as the striping.

    I hope you love it when you are finished.

  11. WOW! I think you just inspired me. And I just happen to have 1500 yards of gorgeousness just waiting for something to turn into…..

  12. Masha

    Can i ask you for how to knit the gorgeous shawl decription site, please?