Blocking the Leaf Lace Shawl–my first big lace project–went very well. And when I removed the pins, my fear of having it all shrink up did not come to pass! The depth of the triangle is perfect, but I wish I could have gotten a few more inches in width. All in all though, I am pleased. Pleased enough to try to do a photo shoot with M behind the camera. We were dressed for our friends’ wedding and taking photos in our condo community’s new dry creek garden. Passers-by gave us some strange looks.
I really like the shawl pin I bought:
The dragonfly is made of brushed aluminum wire, which makes it very light weight. I bought it at Nicholas and Felice on Etsy. All edges are smooth, so as not to damage the knitting. It really didn’t pull down on the fabric even though it’s about 3 inches long. It could also work as a hair pin if one had considerably more hair than I do!
And I did wear the shawl to the wedding! The setting was amazing: in front of a pond surrounded by towering redwoods and rhododendrons.
Pattern: Leaf Lace Shawl by Evelyn Clark.
Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk in Sunlit Glade. A little less than one skein.
Needles: US 6, Addi Lace.
Mods: none really, except I only knit 10 repeats, which brought the shawl to 55″ wide and 27″ deep.
Take home messages: The jury’s out on the whole triangular shawl shape. I may be a rectangle sort of girl. Knitting the triangle is fine, but I’m much more comfortable wearing a rectangle. But absolutely certain is that I LOVE (perhaps even LURVES) Sea Silk! It’s a dream to knit and amazingly beautiful (I have more in stash! Tee hee!).