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Friday, September 23, 2005

New Threads FRIDAY!
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the Flower Basket Shawl
Pattern: Interweave Knits Fall 2004
Designer: Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Dzined *Handpainted Wool/Hemp Sportweight*
Color: Orange & Blue & Yellow
Gauge: 20 sts/28rows over 4″
Needles: #7

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Now that I’ve finished my very 1st Shawl, I’m wondering –
WHY THE H Did I wait so Long to Try This?

1. Was it the thought of having to pay attention to the charting and details? Nope – after several Aran cardies, I should’ve realized that fundamentally the stitch patterns are etched in the brain after a few repeats.

There were, counting right from the top neck edge, 7 full pattern repeats in Blue; 8 full pattern repeats in Orange; and the final edge chart in Orange, with two rows of Yellow. All yarn was one-of-a-kind handpainted Wool/Hemp Sportweight from Dzined.

2. Maybe it was because of all that skinny, tiny yarn – it might take forever and a day to finish something so small in gauge. But actually, the gauge was really rather large – I was using size 7 needles which resulted in a standard worsted gauge of 20/28…

3. Hmmm… Fear of Blocking? NAY, I was able to score some blocking wires at Stitches Midwest this summer and they were wonderful! I washed the completed shawl (it was filthy – old, stashed yarn & weeks of manhandling – EEEWW) – you just thread the wires through the shawl edges and pull and pin to shape.

The only thing I found out about blocking that was a little scary was I JUST COULDN’T STOP moving the Pins. Pin. Re-pin. Pin Re-Pin. Eventually I grew so weary from the neurotic fussing, I just collapsed on the couch and dozed – good thing too because the damn shawl was TAKING UP THE ENTIRE BED!

4. And yes indeed, my lace making friends – I am HOOKED!

…More Images HERE in the Flower Basket Picture Gallery

Read the Complete Notes HERE


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