Mom's Christmas Shawl

Monday, December 10, 2007
'Tis done. Washed, blocked, and ready to be boxed. I'm so relieved. There was a bit of a scary moment on the weekend when I was half-way through casting-off* with about 6 inches to go on the row and realized, WAY TOO LATE, that I only had about an inch and a half of yarn left. WTF? How did that happen? 'Cause sometimes the Captain's an idiot, that's how. Oh yeah, and being distracted by watching various episodes of Lost Season 2, Dirty Jobs, and Project Runway Canada... That'll learn me.

Now, I don't want to toot my own horn here but the finished shawl turned out far better than I had assumed it would. And, I think, it looks better than the version on which is where I found the free pattern. In fairness, the one on the webpage might not have been blocked**.

The shawl is a lovely dark green/black/gold fleck colour and isn't quite as long as I'd like it to be but that's my own fault for not picking up enough yarn at the time - and the store doesn't carry that particular colour any more. However, it does reach down to the fingertips on each hand when draped over the shoulders and mom is a bit smaller than myself so it should be just right. Here are some blurry closeups of the lace pattern.

*for the non-knitters out there, "casting off" or binding off is a type of stitch you do to finish your knitting and prevent your project from unraveling. You "cast" stitches onto the needle to start, therefore...
**blocking is the stretching out and pinning of a finished (or pieces of a sweater, for example). Items are washed, excess water removed and then pinned and left to dry. This allows you to stretch out items to the size they are supposed to be when finished.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's really pretty! Your mom is going to be thrilled.

scout said...

i'm impressed! i'll take 500....joking of course. what a craft that is. i remember our granny teaching us older three girls how to knit when we were little. the other two did great and i sucked.

well done.

Gardenia said...


SME said...

Lovely! It looks as delicate as a cobweb.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Looks cool. You done fine.

sp said...

It's beautiful. You're a very fast knitter! I'm still working on my sister's birthday gift that was in November!

I love I'm always inspired by what I see there.

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