Thursday, December 4, 2008
FO: Taos shawl
It's freezing cold, but clear and bright blue, and the bare tree branches are perfect for shawl-modeling.
The pattern is North Roe Shawl (the e should have two dots over it), by Dodile. The pattern is in French and English, and while the English instructions are rather sparse, everything is charted out. I did the first chart three times, the second chart twice, and the third chart once. I even learned a new word--grille--which apparently means chart. There are several other lovely shawl patterns by Dodile, and I'm tempted to immediately start on another one!
The shawl is knitted from the center and knit out in an ever-expanding triangle. The first few repeats went by really fast, but by the end the rows were endless.
The yarn is Quail, by Yarns Handpainted in Sedona by Mary Gavan (whew, breath). I got this yarn in Taos, hence the name of the shawl. The yarn is 100% noil silk, and feels cottony rather than silky. I just looked up what "noil silk" meant, and was horrified to find out. It's the crushed remains of the pupae and short silk fibers attached to them, and so the yarns/fabrics tend to be nubbly. I suppose that's not grodier than regular silk made with the longer fibers, and the whole thing is making me reconsider silk in general. Still, the knitted lace fabric turned out really nice and drapey after blocking, and I'm happy with the final product.
I used about 3/4 of the skein of yarn, and didn't encounter and knots or other problems! The variegation looked very splotchy during knitting, but after blocking it looks much better--dappled describes it best. Here's an inside shot that shows the colors better.
I'm so pleased with how these outside pictures turned out--no retouching or adjusting needed! I especially like how the the only leaves in the picture are on the lace, not the tree.