I finished this on Wednesday, but blocked it yesterday. I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out – this is the first time I’ve made something with 100% silk. And I have to say – I like!
I am really pleased with the way this knit up. After my initial issue with the nupps, I took all the good advice out there and knit them VERY LOOSE. And then I was fine. The yarn was amazing to knit with – it is so nice – soft, silky and the most amazing sheen and color. I just loved every second I knit with it. The pattern is really simple (once you get over the nupp trauma) and the only thing I wish is that I had added some repeats on the first chart – this is a pretty small shawl (Cieara is a lot smaller than I am). I’m also a little surprised that it knit up so fast – two and a half weeks! Wow! I did most of the first chart on the train, but did the rest at home (nupps and train didn’t seem to be a good idea).
I was sort of iffy on this at first – I wasn’t sure if I’d keep it or give it away since it is so small. But once I positioned it on Cieara and saw how cute it was, I decided to keep it. I think it is definitely not a “keep you warm” shawl, but it is a nice accent. I can see wearing this to work, and out at night.
I had to show you the nupps again – aren’t those amazing? I think I may knit this shawl again – but I think I’d like to try it with beads. I’ve never done lace with beads and I think this would be a great first project – and the shawls I’ve seen on Ravelry with beads are just gorgeous.
I really do like how silk and lace go together- I have some other silk laceweight in the stash – Claudia Handpaint to be exact – maybe it is time to think about using it! Maybe after the Shetland shawl…..
I’ve had a really nice week off work – had plenty of knitting and relaxing time, as well as golfing and yarn time. Tonight we went to the movies with the kids (we saw Hancock – very good, would recommend). Tomorrow is knitting group, and maybe we’ll sneak in one more golf outing on Sunday. I’m trying not to think about Monday…but I know it is creeping up and my vacation will be over. Sigh…but I’m pretty happy with my week off so I won’t complain.
Have a great weekend!