The Making of a Shawl...
[source]With my new found interest in everything wooly of course my knitting skills need a bit of a bump up on the techniques side... having crocheted more than I have knitted. Along with the need for improving my knitting skills comes this burning desire to make some lace shawls. I am intrigued by the beautiful airy stitches but if I am to be completely honest I'm sure my sister-in-law has had some influence on the shawl front. A couple of years ago Wendy turned to making hand-knitted shawls and selling them at the local farmer's market, and the I guess the seed was planted in my head. I love Victorian era clothes and the feminine feel they give and then this month's Spin-Off magazine came out with this gorgeous shawl pattern.
As I eagerly read through the instructions I realized it was something my current skills could manage (hopefully) and I was hooked. However, the instructions intended that you first spin the yarn yourself. Alas, when I looked at the price for the roving it was just too expensive, and I am not yet at the stage of dyeing my own roving or yarn. Sooo, I did the next best thing and hopped over to KnitPicks and purchased this sumptuous hand dyed lace weight yarn called Shimmer. It is 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk in buttercream - I just have to share the description of this color:
Buttercream is a soft and shimmering yellow with subtle golden honey undertones. Shades of barely there vanilla transition into ecru, sand, and soft goldenrod, Buttercream is a stunning colorway perfect for sunshine-filled summer days.
Is that not totally yummy?! I am hoping to get started on the shawl today so I will keep you posted with my progress!
As always, Hugs and thanks for popping by for a visit!