Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Waning enthusiasm

My enthusiasm for this shawl has waned a bit as I've been knitting it.

Dawn 2
Dawn 4

I think the colours are not working as well as I was confident they would when I chose them. Maybe it's because I'm finishing the shawl in summer, but somehow the colours seem a bit heavy and muddy. Anyway, it's way too hot to wear it for a few months, so I'll withhold my final judgment till winter comes and I see how it looks with winter clothes and in winter light. It's also a bit smaller than I'd anticipated - 168cm x 50cm - so it will probably function better as a generous scarf than a smallish stole.

But I love the laceweight yarn - Isager 100% wool - with its rather catchy texture. And the pattern, which is constructed on the bias, is simple and ingenious. It's 'Dawn' by Grace Anna Farrow, from her collection of similarly constructed patterns, The Fine Line.

The knitting is very straight-forward stocking stitch, but the attached i-cord edging took me ages to do. I also had to do a bit of experimenting to get the i-cord to the right tension to suit the bias edge of the stole.

Anyway, another finished project I can count for 2011.


Rose Red said...

Oh I think it's just lovely! I love the colours and the pop of limey green.

Sel and Poivre said...

I love the curve of it at your neck. It does look very soft and drapey - so important in a shawl!

Anonymous said...

i think the colours are very striking, it will complement you very well come winter i think. and its beautifully knitted of course. gorgeous.

1funkyknitwit said...

Yes it is hot to be enthused by shawls at the moment but I too happen to think it looks lovely. I think in winter you will be pleasantly surprised, where that pop of colour will be welcomed :D

Love the new page BTW :)

Caffeine Girl said...

Oh, I think the colors looks wonderful together. Perhaps you just need a few days away from it to appreciate it properly!

missfee said...

Oh it is so beautiful Lyn - I am thinking that in this heat shawls are nothing to be enthusiastic about - just wait a few months and it will be perfect!!1