Yarn: Shelridge Farms Soft Touch DK in Navy
Needle Size: US 8 (5 mm)
Modifications: I followed the notes on Thetanull's project page to add one additional butterfly section and one additional ridged eyelet section for a larger shawl. I also added three additional pattern rows to the knotted openwork section. My ruffle edge is two rows shorter than written as I ran out of yarn.
Comments: I love this pattern! It's really thoroughly explained and clearly written - it'd make a good choice for someone just starting out in lace. The butterflies are distinct and clear, the ridged eyelet provides wonderful architectural detail, and the knotted openwork is fab. Really, all I could think while knitting was where else could I add some knotted openwork? Maybe in socks?
The shawl knits up very quickly in DK - I started mine of Sunday evening and finished it on Thursday evening! Imagine! A shawl in less than a week! I hesitated about the wisdom of knitting a shawl in DK weight yarn. The knitted fabric felt really dense and heavy on the needles, butit blocked out beautifully. I was really afraid it was going to more of a blanket than a shawl :o
After knitting a pullover from this yarn last year I had one full skein leftover. Returning it was not an option as I had bought it at a fiber festival. Instead I determined to buy one more skein from the same vendor at this year's festival to make this shawl. Minutes after I emailed Lyn at Shelridge Farms with my dyelot number and a message to explain my plan, she emailed back that she'd snagged the last skein for me and would put it aside. How lucky was that?
With the modifications to enlarge the shawl, I used every inch of both skeins as well as several yards of a tiny leftover ball from last year's pullover. Another game of yarn chicken played and won! While knitting I really hadn't thought I'd be cutting it so close, but the ruffle edge starts with KFB in every stitch, and then that picot bind-off eats yarn!
It's Finished Object Friday over at Tami's Amis. Pinch me - I can't believe mine is finished! WOOHOO! Take some time, click through the links and let's see who else is celebrating!