Thursday, June 29, 2006

Showing Off, Frankly

Yarn Harlot is right -- blocking a lace shawl makes you feel like a genius. So I don't mind obliging your requests for a modeled shot. One of these days I will take a picture of myself and not look like I'm thinking of something unpleasant. That shawl looks fab with the cheap H&M t-shirt, huh?

Pattern: Shetland Triangle by Evelyn A. Clark, published in Wrap Style
Yarn: Two skeins (about 145 yds each), plus a little of a third, of Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk
Needles: 3.75mm Addi Turbo 24 inch circular
Dimensions: about 50 inches across the top, about 24 inches from top to bottom point
Modifications: other than a yarn substitution, none
Thoughts: I've already waxed poetic, literally, about this shawl. Newbie lace knitters, take note! This is a perfect project to start with! If I were making this again, with similar weight yarn, I would add a pattern repeat or two and make it a little bigger. Or perhaps use slightly larger needles. But I am a very happy knitter. The yarn was magnificient -- I highly recommend it for lace.

Coming soon ... Laura's adventures with powdered drink mixes and wool...


Blogger Mintyfresh said...

Woo-hoo! Yay for showing your face. Oh, and the shawl. The very beautiful shawl.

1:45 PM  
Blogger margene said...


1:49 PM  
Anonymous Mary-Heather said...

Beautiful, beautiful shawl. I said the EXACT same thing about posting pictures of myself in my last blog entry- I always look annoyed; I don't get it!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Wow, that's a beautiful shawl! Very nice work!

1:56 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Hurray! it's beautiful, as are you! and isn't it great that you can knit an entire shawl out of only two skeins of something lovely? you don't have to break the bank!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Lovely, lovely shawl! Lovely model too. I'm adding the pattern to my growing list of things-I-wanna-knit.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...


2:51 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Very lovely and good-sized. I hate giganto shawls.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Your shawl turned out beautifully! I love the the feel of the Blue sky silk and alpaca!

3:58 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

It's just gorgeous! I've been wanting to knit lace, but am afraid of it. Do you (did you, since they are going out of business) ever shop at River Yarns? The wonderful Peggy who used to work there designed a wrap she named the wave wrap--full of YO's. It turned out beautifully--I am so happy with it. That was my initiation and maybe this will be the first one I try as a true lace pattern.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

This is the Helen that you posted some photos for recently: my copy of Wrap Style arrived this morning. I've put off buying it for ages because I know the only thing I want to knit from it is this, but I couldn't hold out any longer. And as Olga says, it doesn't take much yarn... So all I have to do now is choose the yarn. And oh yes, knit it. However, I continue to feel inspired by your photos : you should post them on

4:33 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

It's beautiful!!! Great job. It looks like the perfect summer shawl to wear . . . well, everywhere!! Can't wait to hear about your wool & powder adventure. Have fun!!

4:37 PM  
Blogger --Deb said...

It looks just beautiful! It really is a nice pattern, isn't it? I've never had a lace shawl knit up THAT quickly, and yet be so lovely to look at!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

very pretty shawl! love the color and blocking does do wonders for lifting the knitting spirit ;)

7:23 PM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Laura, you look beautiful in your shawl!! Thanks for obliging your Readers with a picture, mystery lady :)
I think I am putting this on my list of to dos now.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

You're shawl is so, so pretty! And, so are you! I love the thoughful, wistful pose - very fitting for a lady and her shawl.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

it's gorgeous!

2:02 AM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Oh so lovely, it gives me hope! I have that book, too.

3:53 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

so lovely! congrats! i love the colour and the pictures are beautiful too.

5:07 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

"Hmm. I think I'll dust the mantel today."

Great shawl.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...


6:03 AM  
Blogger jennie said...

ummm... lovely! (so is your mantle, by the way).

8:04 AM  
Blogger eunny said...

Ooh, lovely, lovely, and you look great in it.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Dude, when you knit lace you deserve to show it off! Beautiful!!!

11:45 AM  
Blogger christine said...

Oh, wow! You have nothing on French women...........tre chic!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...


10:56 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Laura, it is gorgeous! and you are too! ;)

9:42 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Actually, it looks surprisingly good with the t-shirt - you'll have to wear it around town (when it's cooler) and see how it goes. But I bet you could get a lot of good everyday use out of it.

12:39 AM  
Anonymous meg said...

Fantastically gorgeous shawl! It'll make everything you wear it with look like couture :)

1:58 PM  

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