Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Classic Navy





I can't help it...........I'm still knitting, and thought I'd share one of the recently completed shawls I've been doing.  This lovely lace shawl is made using a pattern I purchased via Ravelry.  Hope you can see it here.  I love all the designs by this lady, Bev or Boo Knits.

I hope this photograph will show the lace design detail.   The pattern offers several size choices, by simply adding more 'solid' or more 'lace', such a great idea.  I've just finished working on another one in a different colour, and with beads.

I purchased this wool last year from this store:-  http://www.pickupstitches.com.au/ when there was a little sale happening.  It is Heirloom Baby Pure Wool in 4 ply, and lovely to knit.  I used 6 x 25 gram balls, plus a bit on the 7th.  The picot cast off takes a surprising amount of yarn!!!

Despite being a knitter for many years, I've come to realize there is so very much I do not know.  This pattern introduced me to a few different things, and of course, the chat on Ravelry, with links to tutorials, etc., is so enlightening.  I have to admit to not paying much attention to blocking in the past, but I now have a new found respect for same!!  This is how the shawl looked just after it had been soaked in warm water, wrapped in a towel, stood on, then stretched and pinned within an inch of it's life!!!  I'm sorry, but there is no other way I can describe 'blocking'..................LOL

And just another photograph - a close-up.  Of course, I didn't get very adventurous with colour.  I can't resist good old classic navy.



If you are looking for something like this, I can really recommend any of the patterns in the Boo Knits range.  They are all delicate, yet the instructions are extremely easy to understand - both written and charted.

Now I'm off to 'block' the second version of this pattern.

15 comments:

Robin Mac said...

That shawl is gorgeous Linda - and it is so well blocked, it must have taken you forever! Cheers

Karyn said...

I love the shawl Linda. And as a recent convert to blocking, I am hooked! it makes such a difference to the finished garment. But I am told you have to redo it whenever you wash it.
I am glad you liked the wool, it was nice wool to use. I have a few balls stashed away, not nearly as many as I would like though! I do love what you have made with yours.

katherine macwin said...

wow this looks stunning. might just have to get the pattern myself and knit one too. is there shaping over the shoulders to make it sit nicely when worn? would be great for those days when something like a cardigan is a little too warm but the shoulders are cold lol. mind you it has been quite warm here the last two days but it is about to change.

Wanda Maria Roszak said...

Linda, You did a wonderful elegant shawl!
I cordially greet :)))

DIAN said...

Linda, this is beautiful. I love the colour: it adds to the beauty of the design.

Thanks for the chats on the phone: it is always a joy to catch up.

Radka said...

All I can say is the same, beautiful!
Lace is so satisfying to knit, it always looks so special. It does take a lot of concentration, but it is worth it in the end, although I do try to watch TV at the same time, LOL!
Thank you for the link, I am near the end of knitting my lace scarf and on the lookout for another lace pattern. Although I have looked at Raverly before, there are so many patterns to choose from, I just don't have the patience to look at them all!

Sandy said...

How beautiful. It's fun to see you knitting.

Jen said...

Linda that shawl is just beautiful and the lace work you have done is perfect, It must have taken a lot of hours of concentration. Lovely classic colour. I love my knitting but takes me ages to finish.

Juliettecherry said...

I like it too, navy is such a lovely and also useful colour. The blocking sounds like quite a long job, but well worthwhile.

Soonymary said...

just lovely Linda. The only blocking I have done was with a couple of fine crocheted doilies...a pain to do but worth the effort. The shawl would be even more of a pain lol.

michelle said...

Hey Linda, how are you ? i know i have been missing in action but had a really busy summer with visitors and then i had to get my daughter ready for university. I love all your creations but this shawl is gorgeous ! hope to be back in action soon bye for now x

margaret said...

A wonderful shawl Linda, I cannot imagine how you managed to knit it, way above my knitting skills or lack of skills!

l'alternativa said...

Oh che bello!!!!!! E' stupendo, è un merletto riccamente lavorato, sei super brava
Baci
Emi

fabriquefantastique said...

I am most impressed....

chantal (frenchiefrog) said...

Hi Linda, it's been ages since I came to viti your blog....Your shawl is just amazing ! And congratulations for your new GDaughter...How old is she ? Have you posted pics on your blog ? Winter is already here my part of the world....
Kindest regards to you and your family from France !
Take care, Chantal