Tuesday, May 09, 2006

And in your mind....

is where I'll plant my seed. - Guster, The Airport Song.

The seeds of future lace projects have surely been planted. I really enjoyed Flower Basket. A lot. I have been at a loss as to what to knit since I finished it. I was so focused on getting it done, now that it is, I am having a hard time remember all the other things I had going on knitwise. I mostly just want to go buy some more Baby Ull and do another one, much larger. But I digress.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I proudly present Flower Basket Shawl!

The blocking shot. As you'll see in the detail shot, it's wrongside up.

Blocking detail. Man I love the macro function on my camera.

Finished/Front detail.

And finally, the money shot. Proudly brought to you by a leather chair at Panera. She's a lovely model isn't she? This picture represents the color of the shawl best to me as well.

Quickly for the notes now.... I used the pattern from IK Fall 04 ( I think, it's free on the website as well, possibly subscriber only.) I used US 6 Addi Natura Bamboo circs and not quite two balls of Dale Baby Ull in a lovely peach color. (Can't remember/don't know the color number.) As for pattern mods, I added one more repeat of the lower chart for a total of 8 instead of 7.

It was a good first lace pattern. It covered all the basic stitches and wasn't a terrible repeat. In fact, after the 2nd or 3rd time thru the chart, it gets a lot easier. I highly recommend this for a first lace project.

I plan on making it again, possibly in a proper lace weight and smaller needles. But we'll have to see really. I have so many other things to finish up and that I want to do, but if I need another outstanding gift fast, I can see doing it in a week again. Preferably, next time I'll give myself at least 2 weeks so I can do my usual project hopping around.


Coleen said...

It looks amazing!! I can't get over how fast you knit this up! I plan on trying lace very soon. I just looked for this pattern on the IK site and couldn't find it. If you can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it!

Lolly said...

No kidding, did you finish this in a day? :) I love the peachy color you chose - very unconventional, and it really makes yours stand out in my mind. It's lovely! I will get to lace shawls evantually... I just need some more patience! :)

Michelle in Maryland said...

My first (and only) lace project was the Gigi scarf from Morehouse Merino. I'd recommend something small in case you decide lace is too much trouble. I gave myself tennis elbow with this project, so switching around is a good idea.

Stacey said...

Looks great - I am so glad I got to see it in person - I may just have to try lace one of these days!

Javajem said...

Holy wow! I love this so much. I actually have this pattern waiting as my first lace project! I am going to be traveling to Albuquerque for work next week - so this will help will pass the time in my hotel. Thanks for the inspiration!!