Tuesday, August 12, 2008

FO: Swallowtail shawl

This has to have been the fastest shawl ever:

Cast-on: 7/28
Bound-off: 8/5


Either that, or I'm just getting better at lace. Which is good given that I'm supposedly knitting a beaded lace shawl for the Ravelympics...


Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark

Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk in "Mineral", 440 yds/100 gr - I used most of one skein

Needles: Addi Tubo Lace needles US 5/3.75 mm

Comments: I was worried that I would run out of yarn, since I only had the one skein, but there were a bunch of Ravelry folks who had done this pattern with one skein, so I set forth. The yarn is incredible. So soft and silky and smooth. And the pooling didn't turn out too badly at all.


The nupps (which I had never heard of before!) were a breeze with the Addi Turbo lace needles - pointy, pointy, pointy. In fact, the only bad thing about these needles was using them in combination with the Sea Silk - a bit too slippery! I think there are going to be some Harmony needles in my future for just this occasion.


We had a fantastic trip to Colorado. The weather was good (up until the wedding - oops!), the four-kids-under-5 thing worked out pretty well, and Devil and Boo were dancing queens at the recpetion on Saturday night.

Dancing queen
Dancing queen
Dancing queen
A very sleepy dancing queen

It was a wonderful trip, and very hard to get on the plane on Sunday to come home. We're already planning a trip back for some skiing once winter hits.


EliCa said...

The shawl is almost as beautimous as the cuteys!
Looks like you had a great time, but I'm glad you're back!

aquaphilic said...

hey sweets... lovely, lovely shawl. your prolific knitting never fails to impress and amaze.

love the kid pics, too. of course they're dancing queens - just like their mama! (duh)

lots to catch up on. must have phone call and porpoise contact/update. love, pwb