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.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Curlygirl said...

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

Hee hee.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous mighty momogus said...

HA HA.

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

10:38 AM  
Anonymous eric p. said...

will knit for opening day tix!

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=212&Product_Id=1159035&Parent_Id=210

magic word: juvrdrgl

9:15 PM  
Anonymous mighty momogus 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 eric p. said...

go to BrooksBrothers.com and search on "Lamb Print Silk Tie"

sheep knitting on a tie!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous mighty momogus 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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