The only other thing I've finished from this quarter's FAL list is the Sakura shawl that Lynz and I did as a (very informal) KAL. I've got to say that it was a lot of fun knitting alongside someone else (albeit via email!) and I hope we do it again soon! (You can see her gorgeous green shawl here.)
This is how the shawl looked at the start of the quarter:
And this is how it looked straight off the needles:
You can't really see the lace pattern and, to be honest, it looks a bit like a heap of knitting at this stage!
I put off blocking it for a while (I always do as I always overestimate how hard it's going to be and how long it's going to take!) but finally got it done last week. First I pinned it to the carpet, using lots of pins! It's the first shawl I've blocked which has made me think that it would be easier with blocking wires. I can't see me buying any, though, as I'm managing with pins even if it does take a little longer.
I put a damp (fresh from a rinse and spin in the washer rather than dunked in a sink) sheet over it and left it until the sheet was dry, which took about 18 hours.
This is how it looked when it was unpinned (and I'd sewn in the ends):
|Struggling to get it all in the photo!|
And here's a much better photo of the lace pattern:
|I couldn't possibly comment on the rumour that I taped the shawl to the window to get this photo.|
I'm really pleased with this shawl and hope the intended recipient likes it, when she eventually receive it! (It doesn't need to be sent for a few months yet!)
Pattern: Sakura by Leila Raabe
Yarn: Artesano alpaca silk 4-ply in 'drake'; four 50g/200m skeins - I used 154g which works out at about 616m.
Size: approx. 66" (across top edge) x 29" (from top edge to point)
Things learnt: SSP decrease; SSP cast off (took nigh on an hour!); 3 from 1 stitch; M1R and when to use it rather than M1L (at least, I think I know when to use it!); Russian join; how much fun a (relaxed) KAL can be; that indie knitting designers are really helpful and friendly when you email them for help and disclose your knitting numptiness - thanks, Leila! I've just made the mistake of looking at this link and have spotted many things I want to knit!!
Thank you, Lynz, for keeping me company on this knit, I really enjoyed it and it wouldn't have been half as much fun without you!
I'm linking up to Adrianne for the finishing party, I just wish I had more finishes to link up!
Archie has had a finish of his own - he ate the last home baked biscuit which Susan and the girls bought him from Tynemouth market:
|Oh biscuit, how I love you. You're my last (cheesy) biscuit and I'm going to enjoy you!|
|The crumbs were nice, too!|
|I'll just check in case I've missed anything.|
|Are you sure that was the last one? Yes? Well when's Susan coming back? And can you make some of these in the meantime?|
Thanks for popping in!