Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Swallowtail Shots

It's done! Presenting the Swallowtail Shawl from IWK Fall 2006, designed by Evelyn Clark. I used almost 3 balls Le Fibre Nobili Taj Mahal (merino, silk, cashmere, 170 m to 50 grams) on size 4mm needles.

This is HUGE. I could easily use it as a sarong or a full size shawl, because the top edge is well over 6 feet, and the center edge is almost 3 feet. It's not even properly blocked!!!!

The lower picture shows the border, just to give you an idea of the scale of things, and to show those evil nepps. Instead of a P5 tog, I used a nepp-buster. On the previous row, at the increase point of K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, I did an extra wrap at the first YO. This gave me enough slack to pull that P5 off. Sorry-A Nepp is that little bobble.


15 comments:

Daryl said...

Bets, that is BEAUTIFUL! I can only imagine the glow and softness it much have from the cashmere and silk. Choose it's home carefully, Daryl

Jean said...

It's gorgeous, Bets!

Jean said...

It's gorgeous, Bets!

Libby said...

Bets,

That is simply gorgeous! I'm anxious to see what it looks like properly blocked. What size needles did you use?

Libby

Anonymous said...

Wow! The pix at Elann doesn't do it justice. I'm going to have to check out that pattern--you whipped through it. Maybe I will be able to make one for Christmas.

kelly

junior_goddess said...

The only tricky part of the pattern is the stupid nepps. It's easy, other than that.

Grace Yaskovic said...

I love it Bets, just gorgeous!

junior_goddess said...

Thank you everyone-my yarn was sportweight, and was knit on 4mms. It came out a full body shawl!

B

CatBookMom said...

Thanks for the closeup view. It is lovely indeed, and since I don't know the yarn, the picture at Elann didn't begin to do it justice!

Vamanta said...

Oh bets that is just amazingly beautiful. And so fast! You are giving Grace a run for her $$. I personally like the size but how did it end up so big, do you think? Is that the intended pattern size? Don't know what a nepp is but glad you beat it. :-)

Evelyn McClennen said...

Wow, that's so nice Bets. I think you should keep it for yourself. Maybe you could just drape it on a chair where everyone can see it. I would want to just sit and look at it all the time.
Well done!
Evelyn

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Gorgeous, love, love, love it!! But, you're killing me - what's a "nepp"?

Les said...

You did a beautiful job on that shawl, Bets. I'd have given up in a flash with those nepps!
Les

Lisa W. said...

yeah, knitting as home decor...i like it, i like it...but you could also find a very tall recipient...(which knowing your nature...you'll find someone to pass it along to)...beautiful shawl...and the nupps..or nipps or neppps or whatever...well...well done's all i have to say...(but I've only had one beer>....

LadyV-Knits said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love your Swallowtail shawl. I want to be like you when I grow up! I think I am a toddler when it comes to lace knitting. But I am about to try and take a step toward preschool level on the lace knitting. Any advise on the next step up? On your comment about the roving I could not resist spinning up a little bit of it to see how it looks spun and plyed. I want to finish some of the roving that I am currently working on and then have some fun with that roving.