Saturday, July 14, 2007

Swallowtail Shawl

Remeber that shawl I promised you more info and an agressive blocking on?
Agressive blocking done.
I adore this yarn. It's a mohair I picked up in Japan, the first of the souvenir yarns to be knit up. The label says, "It had the Graduation with long pitch Newly. How about warmhearted?"
If that's not proof it comes from Japan, I don't know what is.

I usually prefer plain yarns, particularly in lace, but the color variations here are just gorgeous. They drew me in while in the skein, and I'm very happy with how they came out. I think it's because the color change is so long and gradual. I used only maybe a skein and a quarter, so there would be plenty to make a little lacy scarf with as well. Not that I'm likely to do that when there are so many new yarns begging to be knit, but I could, and that's the important thing.

I'm likely to wear it over a T-shirt or something cool like that. It's big enough to wrap fully around my shoulders, or even around my hips as sort of a skirt/belt thing too. Maybe if I
This was also the first test of my new Addi lace needles, and I am a huge fan. When you get to the p5tog part on the lily of the valley portion, they're a life saver. Besides that, though, it's not a particularly hard pattern. I would highly recommend it to someone who has done a little lace and is looking to move up to the next step.

In summary:
Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark, IK Fall 2006
Yarn: Warmhearted Japanese mohair
Needles: Size 5 Addi turbo lace
Time: Probably about a month
Cost: I don't remember, but it wasn't much. Under $20


Lorna said...

Wow, how gorgeous! The pattern is beautiful and really compliments the yarn!

Amanda said...

That shawl is just gorgeous! I'm still a little frightened about knitting lace, but something like this makes me want to add a little lace to my project que.

Aubrey said...

Ooh, those colors look great with the shawl! Great job!

Jamisyn said...

Sweet! Very nice, makes me want to knit a shawl sooooo bad!

Carrie Penny said...

I like the colors in it, and it turned out beautiful!

Robin said...

The shawl looks great, and that yarn label cracked me up!! Something was "lost in translation" there!

Jen said...

Wow! That is a beautiful shawl. I love the colors in the yarn and how they create some subtle stripes. Very very cool.

Shelley said...

I think I may be willing to commit acts of violence in order to get my hands on some of that yarn. The shawl is gorgeous and really just amazing. Major kudos.

e's knitting and spinning blog said...

So beautiful! I love it. What a bargain too!

Kelly said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors and the shaping. Wish I could do something that beautiful but I can't seem to find the patterns for the pretty things, lol. If I do, they want money and I'm not prepared to send money over the internet unless it's ebay where there is a guarantee.