Monday, July 28, 2008

Swallowtail Shawl and Onward


I finished my Swallowtail Shawl a few days ago. I was waiting to post until I could get the shawl, me, Earle, the camera, and sunshine all in one place at one time, but that ain't happening, so here you go...

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl, by Evelyn Clark, Interweave Knits, Fall, 2006. I knit this exactly as written, except I used size 6 needles.

Yarn: Great Adirondack Sirino, 50% silk, 50% merino, in the Deep Blue Sea colorway. I used 60% of the skein, or about 405 yards. That means there are about 270 yards left over, enough to make a little scarf - which is a good thing, given how expensive this yarn was (never buy yarn in a shop where they don't put the prices on the skeins, or at least on the shelf nearby; that's all I can say).


I loved knitting this, once I figured out to use a size 1 metal dpn to do the nupps. The yarn blocked beautifully. I used blocking wires on the top edge of the shawl, which was a bit of a pain; next time, remind me to use cotton threaded through the edge instead. And this fits me perfectly! It was about 42" wide by 19.5 inches deep, pre-blocking, and 57 inches wide by 26 inches deep, post-blocking.

There's a lot more on the needles and the wheel, but I'll save that for tomorrow. Today, all you get for extra is this beautiful purple leaf.



Bonnie said...

Congrats on finishing your Swallowtail. It's gorgeous, and so is the leaf photo.

Lynne said...

Swallowtail is beautiful!!!!
reminds me of sitting by the barns and watching them swoop about.


Bezzie said...

So beautiful! I love the tree pose.

Leesy said...

Oooh, silk merino swallowtail. I've done a cotton/wool blend and an alpaca. I might have to do it in something like this.

Elizabeth said...

Lovely! and lovely leaf, too! I guess your knitting mojo has returned!

Anna said...

Beautiful! Love the color!

--Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

Manise said...

Awesome shawl! Especially in person. Great hanging out with you yesterday!