After what feels like weeks of rain, we finally have sunny clear weather. Mind you, clear weather means cold. -2 last night and a frost this morning. Brrr!
The fine weather made it the perfect time for a little photo shoot with my latest completed project.
Here she is blocking on the bed. Shetland wool dries very, very fast.
Checking out the new dresser.
Relaxing on the garden fence.
A close up of her lacey goodness.
Swallowtail Shawl from IK Fall 2006.
Knitted in Jamieson & Smith 2 ply laceweight wool. I used just under 50g but can't tell you the meterage, as I ordered quite a lot of this yarn for another project and it was broken up into skeins of varying sizes. It's the first time I've used this weight wool from J&S. It knits up nicely and blocks very well but I did find it quite fragile; it broke several times while I was winding it up and another couple of times while I was knitting with it. Luckily it spit splices like a dream.
The pattern is very easy to follow, with nice clear charts. I didn't bother with stitch markers as it is easy to oriente yourself by the position of the YOs in the previous pattern row. The sections with nupps did go slowly, but once I got into the habit of working the nupp very loosely, the following p5tog wasn't too bad.
Anything I would change? Well, I would have liked it just a little bigger but I think I will still get plenty of use out of it.
Blocking lace is very motivating. I've already cast on for my next lace project. Any guesses what it will be?