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Friday, September 23, 2005

New Threads FRIDAY!


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


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

32 responses to “Friday, September 23, 2005”

  1. suzanne says:

    ohhhhh yum. I’m working on the same pattern – using Fleece Artist Merino. Do you know how much yarn you ended up using? How many pattern repeats did you do? Any photos of your blocking of this beast?

  2. Laura K. says:

    Stunning…absolutely stunning! I love how the sock yarn fix turned out (I knew it would be great!) Congrats on another lovely project!

  3. Heather says:

    Wow…stunning shawl…love the colours and the whole thing’s just beautiful! Congratulations!

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    Merci merci!!!

    I ran out of time this morning – will be adding to the information data and more pictures in a little gallery later tonight…

  5. Terry says:

    I like the shawl lots but maybe like the photo arrangement as much?! Wow, your shawl turned out beautifully – okay I’ll return later to read all of the “knitty-gritty” details! Thanks!

  6. Leslie says:

    Oh my, there are no words. Dazzling.

  7. Jenn says:

    Your color choices are just gorgeous. I’ve never been a shawl person, but everyone’s Flower Baskets are so lovely. What an amazing pattern.

  8. Lora says:


    The sock yarn turned out to be a perfect fix. It is truly lovely.

  9. Teri says:

    Beautiful! I love the colors, and using the sock yarn to finish was just genius.

  10. Becky says:

    Absolutely STUNNING. The way you’ve used two contrast colors is so clever; it truly adds to the texture and emphasizes the edging. I bow to your knitting genius :-)

  11. Nanc says:

    OMG – Absolutely wonderful. This shawl inspires peace and tranquility as well as a vitality for life! Amazing.

    Oh… any you ROCK!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Really amazing work. I love how the colors contrast with each other and how lucky that you ran out at the end and had to use the sock yarn! It really draws your attention to the edging.

  13. rachelkates says:

    It’s even better than I imagined.

  14. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous! Love it!

  15. Mary Collins says:

    Simply stupendous!

  16. claudia says:

    You have put the Chicknits stamp of fabulousness on that shawl.

  17. Kristi says:

    That looks lovely, Bonnie! I love the change in colors along the way :-)

  18. Sally says:

    I want to see it on you! It will be smashing with denim jeans.

  19. margene says:

    Love your unique colors! Gorgeous!!

  20. Dana says:

    Beautiful! I hope you will wear it to KIP sometime, so I can see it in person. Cheers-

  21. Jessamyn says:

    C’est magnifique! Welcome to the flock – one fabulous shawl breeds lusting for more, more, MORE!

  22. Rachael says:

    Stop it! Stop! I’m avoiding the flower basket, and here you go, making the prettiest one. Wow. I love it. And the artwork/arrangement is stunning, btw.

  23. Jackie says:

    It’s beautiful. I love the color change – really makes your FBS unique!

  24. Stacie says:

    All I can say is WOW!!

  25. Shar says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I’l like to know how many repeats as well. I’ve started my FBS and am unsure of the final repeats.

  26. Bonne Marie says:

    Merci Beaucoup!!! Thank you all very, very much! :)

    (The Pattern Repeats are listed in the segment numbered 1 right under the pictures…)

  27. Marlena says:

    That’s beautiful! I’ve really been loving blue and orange lately, I just can’t decide what to do about it. A ribby cardi? Striped socks? A scarf? It’s so perplexing….

  28. Debbie says:


    Your FBS is absolutely gorgous Bonne Marie!! You have such an eye for color and texture in your choice of yarns. It reminds me of beautiful blue skies on a crisp autumn day! I just finished the FBS for a gift and I am ready to start one for moi. I LOVE how well written and easy the pattern is. THANKS for the inspiration!

    Happy Knitting!!

  29. Kim says:

    Fabulous FBS!! Love the colors!! Can’t wait till I finish mine. I’m on Repeat #14 WOOT!! Yours came out smashing!

  30. Gaile says:

    Beautiful! Welcome to the world of lace shawls. I love your choice of colour, it’s made yours totally unique.

  31. gaile says:

    ah, you too have succombed to the lure of the flower basket. heh heh! love the colors, what a great idea. And i was concerned that i have some smaller amounts of yarns…but now I know what to do!

  32. Ann says:

    How about selling a print, poster, or notecards of your stunning still life with FB shawl? Such lovely colors and composition.

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