I can finally show you my latest lace project now that it has been gifted to my mom. I was keeping it a secret from the blog and from my flickr (because she reads them both!) and I didn't want to ruin the surprise! I made my mom the Diamond Fantasy Shawl to wear on a cruise my parents are taking. I'm happy to say she loved it!
Pattern: Diamond Fantasy Shawl by Sivia Harding
Yarn: My own Handspun (100% merino wool) - the roving was a gift from Jolene
Needles: Size US6 Addi Lace needles
Alterations: I was worried that I would run out of yarn, so I only did 8 lace repeats instead of 10 (but in the end - I do have quite a bit left over)
I really love the way this roving producted yarn that is subtly variegated. It changes from light to dark turquoise.
The construction/design of this shawl is fabulous. Instead of starting at the top like most triangular shawls do, this one starts at the tip and grows up from there. I love the zig zag edging that is created by binding off stitches as you go.
Also - the final bind off is fantastic - it's an i-cord bind off that creates this neat rounded edge. It took me forever to bind off this sucker though - having to knit every stitch three times!! I finished it during the superbowl and I think it took me a full hour just bind off!
It has definitely wet my appetite for more lace. I'm trying to finish up some little projects I have lying around before I start another lace project - but it's hard!
Don't you just love my wind blown hair in this shot - it was sooooo windy during this photoshoot! This is one of the only shots my hair isnt totally hiding my face!
Overall it was a very quick knit. I think I finished it in about a week. I highly recommend it!