Monday, October 02, 2006

Shaped Triangle Blanket

Look at the size of that thing!

Pattern: Shaped Triangle Blanket Shawl from A Gathering of Lace
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace in Iris Garden (50% silk 50% wool, 1,250 yards) 1 hank
Needles: US size 4
Finished Size: 47” from “neck” to bottom point, 76” at widest point
Cat: Scout
1. It’s HUGE. When I put it on with the top edge of the shawl against my neck, the bottom point lands midway between my knees and my ankles.

Topknot Kitty2. I did not finish all of the instructions because I was running out of yarn. However, using my handy-dandy spreadsheet and my digital kitchen scale, I knew that this would happen. Also had figured out a good stopping point: I omitted the edging along the top of the shawl. According to the instructions, after working the edging along the bottom, you’re supposed to pick up stitches along the top and do a 2-row edging that didn’t seem to add much to the shawl. By omitting that edging, I didn’t run out of yarn and I avoided binding off 436 stitches. (Scout shows how much yarn was left over.)

3. Is lace in variegated yarn successful? No. Up close it looks good, but from far away it doesn’t do it for me. I have learned my lesson. I must resist all urges to buy handpainted yarn—no matter how pretty it is.

You want a modeling photo? Scout is happy to oblige. The color of the shawl is the most accurate in this photo.
I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille

Close ups:

Blocking photo shows the true shape of the shawl:


amylovie said...

I still think it's purty. Wear it with pride.


Jennifer said...

Scout makes a very fetching model.

The shawl is gorgeous!

Kathy said...

It's gorgeous and the Scout pictures made me laugh out loud. Especially the one with the yarn on his head.

LaBean said...

The Shawl is pretty!! I was just looking through A Gathering Of Lace earlier today. Lots of good lace in there. Funny you said the shawl pattern was easier to see when up close in a variegated yarn. I had the opposite problem with a Charlotte's Web in Koigu.. I guess it depends on the pattern and the amount of variegation.. Either way, You did great!!

helen said...

oh it is so purty!! hmmm. did the pattern call for less yarn than the skein contains? wondering about my situation, now.

then again, i think i chose to use the KP Alpaca Cloud because i had more yardage than the lorna's

Karen said...

It's beautiful! You need to send it to a taller friend, who happens to like pink. I wonder who that could be.....


Meredith said...

Wow, it is huge! Very pretty, though I agree that the close ups look better with the variegated yarn. Still, quite lovely!

grumperina said...

It's quite breathtaking, even considering your thoughts about the variegated yarn and the larger than average (ahem) size. Beautiful!!!

Elizabeth said...

How long did the ball of yarn stay on top of Scout?

Lovely work, as always! I understand the point about variegated yarns and lace, but I still think it's lovely. It would be lovely in a solid, too. The question is, is one better than the other? Hard call.

amy said...

Just read about a girl having the same problem. She over-dyed her shawl to show the lace-work more clearly. I hope that helps! But is it sacrilege to re-dye Lorna's Laces?

Valerie said...

It looks great, even with the variegated yarn! I'm taking that no-variegated pledge with you, though.

Cordelia said...

It looks gorgeous, all the same!
I like the yarn hat for Scout.

Jes said...

It looks great!
I agree with you on the variegated yarn, but it's so hard to resist sometimes!

I can't believe it's that big. That makes me so nervous. I'm supposed to do this shawl next for my future MIL and she's tall, but still. Do you think if I did it on smaller needles, or blocked it smaller that that would help? I'm thinking of going down to 2s.

Carrie k said...

The Shaped Shawl is gorgeous and impressive but what's truly impressive? Scout's balancing act.

Rebekah said...

Well Scout is absolutely adorable modeling that gorgeous shawl.

I have found that hand-painted yarns aren't the best for lace shawls too. It just masks the pattern to much, especially for all the hard work that goes into lace.

Debby said...

I adore Scout.

The shawl is beautiful, and I love the colors in it. But I agree with you that variegated yarn doesn't really work for lace patterns (learning that the hard way myself with current project). So now I'm wondering, if pooling bothers you (as it would me), what are successful uses of variegated yarn? I'm dying for some Helen's Lace myself, and am planning to use the pattern they give you on the ball band, a wedge-style shawl. Perhaps it depends on the color you're wearing under the shawl that will either show it off, or not?

Terby said...

Yeah, I'm not surprised. It looks beautiful in the photos, but I think that variegated lace is not easy. If the colors are really close, maybe. I have a hank of Lorna's that I adore, but I'm thinking of making something very very simple with it, hardly lace-like at all, just to get around the problem.

Sarah said...

Love it! Even though it is ginourmous!

I like the varigated look. I think it's personal preference.

Scout is a cute end of ball model! heee!

Leah said...

You look like you have skills when it comes to the needles, and would love to have your insight at my new knitting board:

I hope to get to meet you there, and get to learn more from your skills.

turtlegirl76 said...

Screw the cat LOOK AT THAT SHAWL! It's freakin' gorgeous woman! No matter what you think of the vareigated effect. I love it!

Rachel said...

I am sorry to hear you don't care for the variegation overall -- I happen to think it looks great. I hope you'll get some use out of it anyway. And if you don't, maybe Scout can wear it to the Cat Prom or something.