Saturday, February 24, 2007

LADY & EVE...the Wrap-up


Here she is, Lady Eleanor. Gosh, what a beautiful and brainless woman. (Talk about sapping my will to knit!) Nine balls (900 yards) Mr. Joe Sangria (two colors, seven of color A, two of B, mohair with rayon wrap, chunky weight) knit on 10s. Approximate finished size is 24" x 72". I dampened her down and put it on my sweater rack on the back porch, and just let it dry.

At least one person wanted to know what she looked like on the reverse side, so here's my obligatory shot. Nothing to wow you, but nothing to make you retch, either. The colors are truer in this scan than the outdoor shot.


I will undoubtably make another E, but I think I will go for wilder contrasting yarns. I also may knit this end-to-end, instead of crosswise. I think that side to side configuration actually makes her a duller knit! I did not fringe her. The fringe shown on the photo LOOKS cool, but I can picture it as something that will be a pain to maintain six months from now.



I know I said I planned to keep her, but stuff happens. My neighbor came in just as I was starting the top end triangles, and as it turns out, I think Lady Eleanor's name will change to Lady Eve, after her beloved mastiff, and my wrap will move a few doors down my street. I think it's the right place for her.

Enid came in to see me on Friday, and she brought her mom and the new fresh SMALLBOY! Oh MY! He is a little guy because he was a bit early (I just looked on her blog, her maternity ticker is still up, saying she has almost three weeks left!) with really long fingers-will he play piano or be a surgeon? He's so funny, because he looks VERY much like his older brother, and I can see BigGuy in Smallboy's week-old face.

17 comments:

Joan said...

YAY bets! You did it! She is simply gorgeous & your reverse side looks perfect too. I am revisiting my fringe as I decide whether to do the other side or not. You really mixed in those colors beautifully. I was fun doing a KAL with you & we'll do it again sometime. I ams o happy you stuck with it. And doing another one??!! (not me)

Grace Yaskovic said...

she turned out very pretty Bets, I envy your neighbor such a thoughtful gift. I am so glad you stuck with it and you make me wish I had purchased more then three balls of Sangria that sits here languishing, it hasn't told me what it wants to be. Its okay though I have other more demanding and assertive yarns that speak up when its their time! Love love love your shawl!

Karin said...

It's beautiful Bets and your reverse is well done too - people always want to see the back of hand work, don't they? I can't believe you're contemplating another one :)!

Lisa W. said...

Stunning...truly stunning...sounds like its going where it needs to too. you have such a huge heart.

jayne said...

Verrrry pretty, and verrrrry generous. Betcha your neighbour will love her E.

les said...

Lucky Eve! your shawl is beautiful! I love the look of the fringe - so classy looking, but I don't think it would work in the Mr. Joe - guess you could knot the ends tho. How about using another more suitable yarn, that has some drape, in one of the colours? dive into that stash!
Cute dog too!
Les

Erica said...

Wow, that is gorgeous!

Minnie~Knits said...

I love how those colors blend together, what a lucky neighbor you have! Great job, aren't you glad you conquered Lady E!!!

CatBookMom said...

Bets, LE is absolutely beautiful!! Whether it is pale or dark, it does you very proud, and your neighbor should cherish it for years and years. You are very generous to give this away.'

Be sure to give Enid my best!

Sandra D said...

It's beautiful! I love the way the white rayon wrap looks like little scribbles in each of the diamonds. Good decision to add the second colorway, the green and bright pink looks very good amidst the iced wine!

Libby said...

Bets,

I know I said this on the site but I'll say it here as well. Lady E is just gorgeous. She really is. I just can't believe that you just gave her away. How generous of you!

Libby

Gail said...

Bets, very,very pretty, and thanks for that great reverse side shot. It does look good!

smariek said...

Magnifique! Very nice how the two colors worked out. Can't believe you're ready to start another one!

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Lady EVE? I love it! The shawl turned out perfectly. I can't believe you'll be giving it away - wow, Bets! Such a gift.

Purlygirly said...

Wow! That Lady E is gorgeous. Very nice work.

enid said...

love the LadyE!!

Where that doggy come from???
Must catch up on all your post latuh!!

TTFN. :)

enid

Ebony said...

Hi,

Sorry I didn't reply to your post on my blog sooner on Knitting ADD. I was TDY for a few long weeks, soldiers returning from their tours in Iraq. I'm happy to see that you finished Lady Eleanor, and the Law & Order worked for you. I've decided to try the same thing with my podcasts. I just listen and knit until it's over. Beautiful work. I'm still a little wary of entrelac at this point.