Thursday, December 26, 2013

Orenburg Lace

Over the years I've seen a few shawls on display at the 
New York Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck.  
They were gorgeous.  
Most were knit on small gauge needles in garter stitch.  
A few were knit in beautiful cashmere.  
Some on larger gauge needles and so fine.
I have read many stories about Orenburg Lace. 
That some of it is so fine you can pass it through a wedding band.  
I saw photo's and thought how is that possible. 
Knitting an Orenburg Lace "style" shawl is on my bucket list of things to knit.
Then I received an Orenburg Shawl for Christmas.  
Yes I did.  I went running for our wedding bands and my camera/phone.  
And yes those are our wedding bands sitting right in the middle 
of this glorious rectangle of perfectly knitted goat down.  
I want to wear it yet I'm afraid to wear it at the same time. 
Now I truly understand why they are called Gossamer Webs.  
It just looks so frail - like a butterfly wing.  I guess I'll just have to be the butterfly! 


  1. Oh my goodness, what a work of art! I've never seen one up close before and so appreciate your photos. You have a real treasure.

  2. I'm also lucky enough to have been given one of these shawls. It is a marvel!! Thanks for posting; I'm having trouble finding images of thes incredible treasures.