Sunday, July 01, 2007

Behavioral change

I feel like I need to preface this post by saying that I have NO explaination for my recent fascination with lace and shawls. There is NO good reason for this abrupt shift from bulky yarn and size 13 needles to lace weight yarn and size 5 needles (every project I'm working on right now is on size 5's.). None whatsoever. But I'm oddly thoroughly enjoying this odd change in behavior.

Here's one shawl I"ve been working on, from the Folk Shawls book. I'm using chocolate brown Helen's Lace that I got from Lint in Portland.
And here is what I just abandoned it for. At least you can be assured that my short attention span hasn't changed.
The pattern is from Pink Lemon Twist. I don't even remember how I happened upon her site or that pattern, but when I saw it I knew that it was the pattern I needed to work on now. It's called the Hanami shawl. Hanami is the Japanese word for looking at the cherry blossoms. Here's how far I've gotten.
Well, I did only start last night. It's this lovely lavender-grey silk that probably isn't captured at all in the photo. Can you see the beaded cast-on? That totally rocked my world and I wish I'd known about it for my brown shawl. But if you think I'm going to rip out all the brown to put some beads in.....

And a bit of sewing. After that 6.5 Stitches quilt that we all know and love.
Rob and I both think that the bare linen part needs something. I think I've figured out what, but just haven't had a chance to do it. I've been working on something for a friend who's leaving GW which I'll share with you in another post, or will add to this one later.


Patti said...

So many lovely things! I am working on the shawl you recommended from Knitty and I bought some kidsilk haze to do a shawl/scarf I saw while in Boston. The kidsilk is like a spider web so I'm not sure how that will go.

I love the shawls you are doing. They seem complicated. My shawl is going very slowly. You must knit fast.

Love the fabrics in the quilt!

erica said...

The two shawls I'm doing now are just YO's, K2T, and SSKs, nothing fancy. If you aren't already, I HIGHLY recommend using a lifeline for your shawls. It takes a bit more time, but it's SO worth it. I never would have finished the Cozy shawl without it and have already used it on the Hanami one, too.

What are you doing your Cozy shawl in?

Patti said...

The Hanami is gorgeous!

I am using a cotton yarn for the cozy shawl. I was afraid to invest to much $ since I wasn't sure I would like doing a pattern. It's fairly decent yarn and it looks nice in the pattern.