Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kimono Shawl

I learned to knit when I was a child but it never really grabbed my interest.  I was more into crocheting. Granny Squares were the thing then.  I have crocheted many things over many years. Sweaters, blankets, hats, scarves.  Most of these were in worsted weight, commercially available, wool yarns.

Then I started to knit and a passion was seeded in me that continues to grow today.  I found circular needles, sock yarn, stitch dictionaries and lace.  I went to my first Sheep & Wool show and dragged home 2 of the biggest bags of yarn you'll ever see.  My stash was born.

After I joined Ravelry one of the first things I knit was from Cheryl Oberle's book Folk Shawls.

It was half of the Irish Shawl in worsted weight wool yarn.  This was just one of the patterns in this book that I have wanted to knit for a long time now.  They were all put on hold because I was not comfortable with skinny yarn or the long repetitious pattern or the time commitment.  So the book just sat on my shelf and the patterns sat in the back of my head.

Half an Irish Shawl
My fear of skinny yarn has been lessened through the knitting of many pairs of socks.  Its amazing how large fingering weight yarn looks to me now.  And I thought the time commitment could be managed if I just stick to one project.  As for the long repetitious pattern - still not overjoyed.

Then I saw this wonderful cone of over 2000 yards of fingering weight yarn and knew it was time to knit another shawl from this lovely book.  Ms.Oberle's version is in silk.  My version is Lion Brand's 1878 in Fisherman.  Only 2 ends to weave in.  I am uncomfortable weaving ends in on lace so only two ends to weave in sounded great.

      This is my Kimono Shawl . . .

6 feet of yummy wooly lace
lace close-up