Monday, April 11, 2011

FO Post: Madli's Shawl


Okay, now we're getting close to the last of the finished lace from spring break!  This one is Madli's Shawl, which I started in Japan towards the end of the semester.


It was a little boring to knit because the repeats were so short, and I found that my tension changed a bit from the beginning to the end.  The ugly gauge monster rears its head.


But it blocked out beautifully.  I've actually had this one blocked since January, but it took months to screw up the energy to weave in all those tiny little ends.  Nancy Bush's shawls often have doubled cast ons, which leaves 3 tails at each end, and since you have to knit the second end from the other direction and graft it onto the length of the shawl, that leaves a bunch of ends too.  Not to mention that this cashmere, while wonderful to work with, is freaking tiny.


However, as you saw by my outfit post the other day, I've already worn it several times.  Maybe it's unconventional or wrong to wear a shawl as a scarf, but I feel a sneaky satisfaction knowing that I'm wearing cashmere around my neck.

Pattern: Madli's Shawl (rav link), from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Artyarns Cashmere 1, nearly all of two 500-yard balls.  Probably 950 yards in total.
Needles: Size 5 US Addi Turbo Lace
Timeline: October 15th 2010 to late December 2010, blocked in January, finished in March

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