Monday, September 11, 2006

Heritage Blanket - Complete!

This is the Heritage blanket from Oat Couture (don't you just LOVE that name?!?!?!). I made this with 1300 yards of Shepherd Colour 4 Me 8-ply yarn, which is 100% superwash wool. The detail doesn't show up very well in the photo with the off-white wool (and excuse the fold mark in the middle!), but it's so nice. I love this pattern and will no doubt make this blanket again and again. Whilst they advertise it as a baby blanket, it's perfect for a lap throw for anyone. It worked up quickly in just 8 days using a size 7US Addi Turbo needle. My finished size is 38" x 46", which is just right for a lap throw. This throw will be given to a person undergoing treatment at our local cancer centre. I've got lots more of this wool and I'm sure the hospital will be asking for more of these!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Rectangular Cover Shawl - Complete!

Finally!! This shawl took six very long weeks to complete and I'm so gald it's finished!! Both the pattern and the yarn are from Knit Picks. It's the Rectangular Cover Shawl and I used the suggested yarn, which is Shadow in colourway Lost Lake. I used 4 skeins (with very little left) and a size 5 Addi Turbo circular needle. My finished size is 23" wide by 82" long. The pattern said the finished size would be 17x84, but I'm happier with the size I got.

This yarn is gorgeous and washed up beautifully. It's soft and fluid, just as a lace shawl should be. Given the $10 for the yarn and $2 for the pattern, how can one go wrong? A $12 lace shawl?? It's great!!

It will be a long time before I do another lace shawl, though, as for me, 6 weeks on one project is a bit staggering. Perhaps after the holidays, when the cold weather keeps me inside, I'll make another shawl with lace yarn. I've got one in mind already...the Snow Forest Lace Stole is on my list of things to do. I've got in mind using Rowan's Lurex Shimmer in Midnight (navy blue). I'm thinking twinking snow at night. Hmmm.... Well, we'll see! No promises!!!

Oh, one more thing...I'm keeping this shawl!