|Simple Lace Shawl|
In the meantime, I have spent the past year obsessively researching my family tree (to the detriment of my knitting) and I have become fascinated with all the women who came before me. They were all English through and through, women from the country and women from the city, each with a story I have been meticulously researching. I can only assume that some of them knitted out of necessity and as the majority of the knitters would have been incredibly familiar with a shawl or two, I felt it was now my turn.
But where to start? In the last month, I have discovered the Craftsy website and their wonderful range of online classes. I did not initially sign up for shawls. I enrolled in 'Toe-Up Sock Knitting' (of course) and then received an email to say that my next course was half price. It was then that I saw 'Sweetheart Shawls' with Kristin Omdahl. This increased my confidence, someone to guide me along the way and the fantastic thing was that I could pause, rewind and go at my own pace.
I chose a laceweight kid silk in pale blue, went online and started. All seemed to be going well but it just doesn't look right. I saw all the pictures of lace shawls on Pinterest and Ravelry and they looked very fine and detailed. Mine looks a little 'fluffy'. The more I read, the more crucial the blocking of a shawl is, so I ordered a large blocking mat (a set of interlocking Yoga mats .. I wanted something a little bit portable) and a set of blocking wires to make stretching the shawl easier. I wasn't confident enough to trust my usual 'steaming' method as I was not sure what this would do to the very fine yarn. Still, I was very apprehensive - I couldn't imagine that the light as a feather knitted fluffball will ever look like the shawl I was hoping to create.
|The Shawl just off the needles, after soaking and the blocking process. Nervous Times!|
So, I knitted and knitted, I spent a whole week binding of with the three petal Jasmine bind off, soaked and blocked and behold .. a sweetheart shawl gradually emerged. A real one.
I couldn't believe it, but then, I never really doubted it ...
|1st Shawl finished - Ready to start another|
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