Monday, April 9, 2012

It's been busy around here

The last four days was comedy festival, Easter weekend and the beginning of Passover, which means I've been out every night, either at Pesach Seders, comedy shows or just hanging out with friends. Yesterday I even went to Cranbourne, which isn't just zone two its at the end of the train line!
Throughout it I've been plugging away at my Travelling Woman shawl. I wanted it significantly bigger than the pattern called for, as it's a gift for my aged Grandmother, who lives in England. I wanted something she can really wrap herself in. I really feel like I've succeeded with that aim: it's 170cms across the top and 50 cms deep.
I love the way the three colours love together, and the way the relatively simple lace allows the yarn to shine, while still looking amazing.

I was very pleased to be able to use up three lots of handspun that I just didn't know what to do with. The middle, darkest, yarn I originally tried to spin for socks, but I came out short and a bit scratchy. Because it's in the middle it shouldn't be a problem, the yarns touching my grandmother's skin are all soft and squishy. The edging yarn is actually lace weight leftovers from Bitterroot, which I plied back on itself. So that one is a four ply yarn and it's still finer than the other yarns.
All in all, I am extremely pleased with this shawl and am looking forward to giving it to my grandmother when I see her in June.

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