Monday, June 19, 2006

Barbie Shawl

I'm a Barbie Shawl, living in a Barbie world!

Pattern: Barbie Shawl (aka Dayflower Daydream) by Eugen Beugler from Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitter's Magazine
Yarn: Handpaintedyarn.com Pure Wool Lace Yarn in Barbie Rose
Needles: US size 3
Comments: Peter said, "You have been knitting that longer than you've knit anything else." He's right. Shame on me. The sad part is that I liked knitting this shawl so I'm surprised that it took so long. The pattern has long repeats so that kept it interesting, but still...I got distracted by too many flashier projects along the way.

I wish the shawl was a bit bigger, and I debated adding a repeat to it, but decided against because I wasn't sure that I would have enough yarn. Looking at my remaining yarn, I think I made the right decision.

More photos:
Cat Doily!
Pink is my color, says Elly


Blocking:
pi r square

I used a string to keep the radius of the shawl even while I pinned it out. I wish I could claim that I came up with that brilliant idea myself, but I didn't.

Random close ups:

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45 comments:

wonky said...

"The sad part is that I liked knitting this shawl so I'm surprised that it took so long"

Meh. You enjoyed knitting it - it doesn't *matter* how long it takes. Great shawl, I am really very impressed!

Mintyfresh said...

Hot damn, Laura, that is a stunning shawl! Excellent job.

Elizabeth said...

That's one heck of a doily you got there! A TEXAS-sized doily. I heard on Spongebob that everything's bigger in Texas.

You know I'm joking, right? Wonderful work. It's breathtaking!

Stephanie said...

Wow! You finished it! Great job. It's beautiful!

Christina said...

Beautiful! Being fast doesn't mean being good. Your knitting and blocking skills are impectable; that is all that counts.

Meredith said...

Wow, that's gorgeous! It doesn't look quite so *pink* in the finished pictures.

Cordelia said...

That is 100%, totally and completely amazing. So beautiful. Unfortunately, I'm a valley girl at heart & don't have the words to compliment.
Really. Really fantastic.

monkeemaven said...

CAT DOILY!

Annie said...

Holy crap! That is AMAZING! One of these days I will make something like that...yah...someday.... :-)

Zonda said...

That is so beautiful!! Great job!

Joanna said...

Wow it's gorgeous! I love the detailed shots... great job! :D

Terby said...

Beautiful! How are you going to display it? I somehow doubt Scout is going to cooperate and stay under the cat doily permanently, and that's way too pretty to put somewhere people can't see it.

Susann said...

WOW! So beautiful!

gray la gran said...

it's simply beautiful! what is the final diameter? i told myself that i would take a break from knitting today, but that shawl makes it awfully tempting to stray ....

Jeanne said...

Its really stunning - just beautiful. Love the color!

Marilyn said...

Laura, that shawl is just incredible! You should be so proud of it and yourself. I especially love the yarn you used, and I'll have to search aound your blog a bit to see just what you used. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

amylovie said...

Amazing Laura. Will you be taking it to Alaska with you?

What's next on the needles?

Amy

the kitchener bitch said...

that is spectacular!

Valerie said...

I can borrow that to wear with Karen's pink dress, right? :)

It looks fabulous!

bradyphrenia said...

it looks gorgeous. i love hpy yarn.

Pumpkinmama said...

Wow - really, really stunning. You should be proud!

Jes said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! Very lovely.

What did you think of the yarn? I've heard some good things and some complaints about the color consistency.

Jennifer said...

It's breathtaking! What a lovely, lovely shawl. I got a giggle from the cat doily... :-)

Stoat said...

that's really gorgeous! i am so impressed!

Kenny said...

Hi Laura. First of all, that shawl is gorgeous!!!! Looks like hell of a lot of work and counting.

Anyways, I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kenny and I found you through Annie Modesitt's blog. That dress you knit is fabulous!!! I can't beleive you knitted an ENTIRE dress!!!

Anyways, I've knitted for Annie before for her book Men Who Knit and am knitting for her again for her book now Romantic Knits.

And the reason I wanted to touch base with you was because I noticed that you're in Pearland. I'm not too far from you. I'm in Houston - near downtown to be specific. It's funny how you run into bloggers and realize that you're from the same city!

I don't know any other knitters in town. I know Nancy from Nancy's Knits but that's about it.

Anyways, that's about it. And your knitting is awesome. Maybe I can learn a thing or too. I'm going to add you immediately to my blogroll.

Thanks for your time.

Karen said...

Holy cow, it's gorgeous!

And Val can't have it, because I'm borrowing it, right? :)

Brittany said...

It looks great! I lurve lace!

Rosi G. said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

Jerry & Maxy said...

That is so much cooler than any Barbie!

shetha said...

Beautiful work -- and nicely blocked too! Laceweight amazes (and scares) me. Bravo on a job well done!!

EvaLux said...

Oh wow... absolutely gorgeous!!!

Would you mind sharing how much of the handpainted yarn you used? I have several skeins of this myself and that shawl has been whispering my name for a long long time :) Oh and what size needles did you use???

Cheers Eva - sweetpea at sweet-p dot net

PS: the dress is stunning indeed!!!

Rebekah said...

So why did you knit that. Because that has to be one of the most beautifuls hawls I've ever seen. Now I'm goign to have to order that book, because I love it. simply love it. That dayflower pattern is one of my all time favorite patterns.

grumperina said...

Your shawl is incredible! I'm simply envious... I love everything about it. I hope you enjoy it for many years :).

Suzanne said...

Breathtakingly beautiful. Stunning work.

Enjoy...

Debby said...

Congratulations! That is just beautiful. I love the pink color, and your kitty too! (I'm terrified my cats will pull at my lace, so I'm hiding it from them!).

Anonymous said...

All I can say is, well done! The shawl is beautiful. Sigh - now I have to go dig out my copy of the book and look at it. Another temptation.
Dorothy (Missouri Star)
dswaite@mac.com

Laura said...

Literally breathtaking, Laura! I love it. Someday, I will be ready for a project like this. Do you have an Amazing Lace teammate replacement lined up? :)

Knitnerd said...

That's gorgeous! I love this pattern too. would like to knit one too but I am afraid it's too hard for me.

Rachel said...

Oh wow, that is a masterpiece. Just because I'm the 39th person to say so in a dull, repetitive way doesn't make me any less sincere. That first picture in particular is stunning.

As for the cat doily, isn't a doily something you put other things on top of? So really your cat is a doily for your shawl.

Elizabeth said...

Wowie. That is super-impressive. Gorgeous work.

Stacey said...

Gorgeous! You have what will most likely an heirloom piece. The yarn with the slight varegation worked great! And, yeah FedEx! My hubby is a FedEx Guy, so ship everything FedEx!

knit chick said...

WOW. Beautiful work as always!

Jen said...

That is stunning, I love it! Great yarn choice too.

Jen said...

That is stunning, I love it! Great yarn choice too.

Bean said...

Oh wow that's beautiful!!! I imagine that would have driven me mad..You sure know how to pick 'em :)