The Andalusia Shawl has been published and is now available directly from this site or from Ravelry. This fabulous crescent shawl uses just one 100g skein of fingering weight/4-ply yarn (shown here in Schoppel Wolle Zauberball in the shade Fuchsia). The pattern features notes on …
The one Zauberball that was missing from my last post was the one that was already a good portion of the way to becoming a finished knitted item. This Zauberball has had a good think about becoming a number of different things this year – it briefly auditioned as a hat and had aspirations at one point to become a pair of mittens, but it seems to have found its true calling as a shawl.
The colours of this yarn remind me so much of the vivid sunsets that you most often see at the coast, over the water. I decided that the yarn would benefit from a little play with intermittent striping and a bending of the striping sequence into waves or chevrons, so I have incorporated both of these into my idea for a shawl. At the moment the combination of the bright colours and ruffled collection of lace looks like a flamenco dancer’s skirts.
This is a relatively simple yet rewarding knit, so I hope that it will be the first project of port Zauberball to soon be off the needles and ready to wear.
The last few rows of the Wedding Shawl have been knit and every stitch bound off. I have added a few hundred beads and changed the pattern slightly to use alternative increases and decreases and to lose the purl stitches in the motifs, but these are all small changes for the ease of knitting and a few slight aesthetic preferences.
By the time I reached the last row the stitches to be bound off seemed almost endless, but as I neared the end I gave the knitting to Mr Awesome to bind off the very last couple of stitches, so that he added to the shawl and got to add to its completion.
The piece has now been in for a gentle soak and is currently blocking to open up the lace pattern, which should hopefully help the beads to be more apparent, as they are currently hidden away, nestled in the froth of the lace yarn.
The shawl will probably need re-blocking closer to the wedding, but I couldn’t bear not being able to see it in its properly completed form, to imagine that day I actually get to wear it.