Thursday, May 22, 2008
Slow Bee Mystery Shawl in progress
Tomorrow Monika will release clue 3 of the Faroese style Slow Bee Mystery Shawl for the knit-a-long in progress. I am finally caught up after starting almost a week behind after a yarn disaster (my first choice yarn turned out sold tangled in the skein and I just was NOT going to untangle 1533 yard skeins of black laceweight merino/silk). Instead I went with white tencel. It's quite nice, but unfortunately I chose needles a couple of sizes too big. I started with 5s, pulled back to 4s, and really should be working on 2s or 3s.
This is clue 1 finished, draped over the chair because it is already so big I cannot show it well spread out on the needles.
Here is the detail of clue 2 on the side panels. Note the sheen of the tencel (though in fact the photo exagerates this; it does not truly have so much sheen; it is more like linen than like silk).
Here is detail of the center panel. I think this shows how I needed to use smaller needles for better definition of the lace stitch pattern.
I am quite happy with my shawl so far. It is already at over 300 stitches at the end of clue 2 so I suspect it is going to wind up quite large, which will be lovely but may be tedious to work towards the end.
For anyone who wants patterns for similar Faroese shawls or more information, I recommend the books Shawls and Scarves or Stahman's shawls & scarves : lace Faroese-shaped shawls from the neck down