During the blogging break that I took, there was quite a bit of knitting and a little sewing. The two projects that I am most proud of and should definitely be written about are the shawls that I finished. I had purchased a pattern from knitpicks about 6 months ago and fully planned to make it right then for my Nana as a thank you gift for all she has done for me. That pattern was the Adamas shawl by Miriam Felton. You won’t see that completed shawl here though, because it was too hard for a lace beginner like me! I corresponded with Miriam a couple of times trying to figure it out and then gave up and ordered her Seraphim pattern. This one was much easier to get started, since the top was mainly stockinette with yarnovers only on the middle and ends of the rows. I was able to do that for a while, but I really wanted something lacy to wear to my sisters wedding in November (Seraphim was started in September). Now, when the Summer 2006 issue of Interweave came out and I saw Icarus, I didn’t really like it, but after seeing so many completed ones and flipping past it many times, it started to grow on me. I decided that was what I needed for the wedding. So I started it too. Unfortunately I wasn’t going to get finished in time, so the night before we had to leave I did the edging and bind off about 21 rows before it was due. I blocked it the night before the wedding in our hotel room and didn’t get a picture of it blocking. Now it probably needs to be reblocked, because I don’t think it stayed long enough or something. But I wore it and it was lovely. It doesn’t look too bad despite not finishing it properly. No one seems to have gotten a close-up picture of me wearing it, but there is some evidence that I had it on!
So, Icarus was finished in November (the 16th to be exact), but Seraphim has just been finished and shipped to Nana. She received it yesterday and called today to tell me that she loves it. I am so happy that she does, even with it’s imperfections (I won’t call them mistakes, even if that’s what they are). I was hoping to make something that she would appreciate and love and I guess it worked out.
So, the two shawls:
Pattern: Icarus by Miriam Felton (from Interweave Knits Summer 2006)
Yarn: Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in Autumn Heather
I am going to try Adamas again, though maybe not soon. I have lots on the needles and some other lacy projects I want to try too. I do love Miriam’s patterns and want to make them all :)