Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Diamond Fantasy Shawl

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!

Diamond Fantasy Shawl

Stats:
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)


Diamond Fantasy Shawl


I really love the way this roving producted yarn that is subtly variegated. It changes from light to dark turquoise.

Diamond Fantasy Shawl

Diamond Fantasy Shawl


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!

Diamond Fantasy Shawl

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!

Diamond Fantasy Shawl

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!

21 comments:

Erin said...

Stunning!

Pheelya said...

Beautiful!!

Stacey said...

that is beautiful! and you spun the yarn!! wow!!!!!!!

Theresa said...

The last photo is very glam! I love the shawl! And how special that it's from your own handspun.

I've been itching to start a lace project too and seeing this is making it worse.

Kerry said...

It is just gorgeous! I'm sure your mom will just love it!

danielle said...

That's beautiful. I aspire to do lace, but so far, I can't manage to keep count of the stitches.

MJ said...

Very nice! It's gratifying to knit from your own handspun, isn't it? I hope your mom liked it!

Ruth said...

It's stunning! Very cool that it's with your own handspun too, and you are looking fabulous!

Trillian42 said...

Really lovely! I'm totally impressed that it's your own handspun, too. Lucky mom!

bySarah said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Jolene said...

So pretty! I LOVE it!
Jolene

Lolly said...

what a fabulous knit, Jody! and with your own handspun? an absolute treasure. your mother is one lucky lady!

you look great :)

Bea said...

This is absolutely fabulous. I love it. Your yarn is as amazing as your shawl by the way. I think these photos are really good too. Very crisp and detailed.

SockMamaLiz said...

beautiful shawl! I also love the stunning blue color. So nice. I knitted this shawl a while back... it was an enjoyable knit. Sort of 'modern' lace. My all-time favorite shawl to knit (so far) has been the diamond fantasy shawl. Have you knitted it? If not, you should!

SockMamaLiz said...

rofl --- I'm tired. It's late.

I meant to say have you knit the lotus blossom shawl?

LoL time for bed.

mrspao said...

Lovely shawl! Lace can be quite addictive.

Diane said...

What a lucky mom you have.

tinkknitz said...

Dyed, spun and knit with love from a daughter to her Mother.

::sigh::

MeaganMonster said...

That is beautiful! I adore the colour!
Very nice work.

I just love your blog, so much creativity,

Ramona said...

I'm always so intimitated by big lace projects. Very pretty!

Jinann said...

One word - GORGEOUS!!!!