Monday, March 26, 2007

Emboldened by my experience with the Irish Diamond Shawl, I took another plunge into the Area Beneath the Side Table and unearthed this:

This is the Syrian Shawl from "Victorian Lace Today"; I started this on my ill-fated (for knitting) trip to Long Island and had to put it down almost immediately. It's an enjoyable pattern and one that I will definitely explore in the future. As I may have mentioned previously though, I REALLY don't like this colorway of Schaefer Anne. It makes me hurl. And so now, the Syrian Shawl is this:

Bye Syrian Shawl.

I really felt the need to cast something on, so I poked through some old books, including erstwhile favorite "Folk Shawls". On an impulse, I decided to make the Icelandic Feather and Fan Triangle.

For me this was an interesting choice. First, I don't like Feather and Fan at all - it seems cloying and insipid, reeks of baby blankets and just generally doesn't spin my wheels. However, it is an easy and fun pattern to work - I wanted a lace pattern that wasn't completely mindless, but didn't require a lot of concentration either. Second, the stripes on this shawl are not acceptable, so I decided to use only one yarn. I had some old Koigu marinating in the stash for a couple of years that I kept almost selling on Ebay, but something always stopped me. I don't know if this picture does it justice, but it's just a nice combination of cream, green and light brown, with startling little flecks of violet every once in a while. Classic bizarre perfect Koigu. Very organic, very vernal.

Here it is, in an artsy pose that seemed a little spring-y (because it's outside, I guess....) What I didn't realize from the picture in the book is that the Feather and Fan part is only the stripe-y bands at the bottom. The top and main body of the shawl is all garter with some eyelet rows thrown in every once in a while. Very soothing and mindless:

Opening Day Countdown: FIVE DAYS! The Phillies have been abysmal this spring, but we have high hopes nonetheless and of course.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, uh, how long until we see the Feather and Fan in a bunch of balls?

Hee hee.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I actually thought I was demonstrating how disciplined I was, but perhaps I gave the opposite impression!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will knit for opening day tix!

magic word: juvrdrgl

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

epp - your link is broken; I don't know what wondrous Brooks Brother product you were directing my attention to. Something cashmere-y, I suspect....

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go to and search on "Lamb Print Silk Tie"

sheep knitting on a tie!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my god - they're so cute!!! why in the world would brooks brothers make such a tie?? how can i incorporate it into my life??

2:42 PM  

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