Saturday, September 01, 2007

With Friends Like This...

My friend Aileen shops for me. She'll call me from Old Navy saying, "there's cute little black patent flats here for $10. You want me to pick up a pair for you?" Um, yeah! Aileen is a member of my knitting group, and last Spring, she went to a closing sale at an LYS, and managed to score 12 balls (6 black, 6 cream) of Baruffa Bollicina, a gorgeous but quite spendy cashmere/silk fingering yarn for 50% off. Was I interested? Um, yeah! This is the best kind of friend to have, isn't it?

At the time, I had been working with my sister-in-law, Karla, who had requested a lace wrap. Since I prefer to knit for others with their input on project, pattern, and color, she and I looked at multiple shawl patterns and shapes, and settled on the Shetland Triangle in goes-with-everything black.


Pattern: Shetland Triangle by Evelyn Clark, Wrap Style
Yarn and Needles: Baruffa Bollicina, US 5 Addi lace needles
Mods: I added additional repeats for the fir cone pattern.

I'm so lucky that Aileen picked this luxurious yarn up for me. It was the perfect substitute for this pattern. It blocked out into a lightweight but warm, very smooth and silky fabric, and is just what you would expect from a true luxury yarn. Karla will be thrilled to wrap up in it.

This is a very simple lace shawl to knit. I added a few repeats, and used just about all of 5 balls. I'm a little disappointed that, even though I went up several needle sizes for the last row and the bind-off, I still bound off tight enough that I didn't get any scallops and points. But with a black lace shawl, I think you have to walk that very thin line between classic and romantic and Italian grandma/witch costume, and I think having points along the edge of this shawl might have pushed it a little closer to the witch-side of the spectrum.

I was thinking it was going to be hard to give up this shawl, but really, having seen Karla's delighted reaction to the unblocked version, I am really going to enjoy giving it to her in its finished state. And I still have those balls of the cream Bollicina, which would make an incredible Swallowtail for me!

20 comments:

iSeL said...

Ohh, I want to touch it.
She's going to love it. Beautiful!

Annie said...

That is so beautiful! I really want to make the Shetland Triangle, and yours is so inspiring. Only problem is, I don't find any other patterns in that book inspiring enough to buy it. Do you think Shetland Triangle makes buying the book worth it?

Kristy said...

Beautiful job! And a very good point about pointy black shawls :)

Sally said...

It looks gorgeous! I like the way it gathers around your neck, almost like a cowl. Karla will love it!!

Octopus Knits said...

Lovely!

Madge said...

Utterly gorgeous! And it's wonderful that good friendships create such loving bonds. Yes, indeedy.

Bridget said...

That's really beautiful! Your sister-in-law is really lucky - at least as lucky as you are to have a friend who will be on the yarn lookout for you ...

jody said...

it's beautiful! what a great gift!

Ann said...

Gorgeous. I would have a hard time giving it up too!

Christie said...

That is just gorgeous...and I have to agree with the witch point. :| hahaha!

Dipsy said...

My gosh, this shawl is stunningly beautiful - it looks so fragile and elegant and will be the perfect gift for a special person indeed! Wonderful work!

Mighty Momogus said...

Beautiful! I loved making that shawl. It must have been dreamy to knit it with that stuff!!

(I'm always late to the comments. I always want to be the first the comment but I'm always 11th or 12th - boo hoo)

pamela wynne said...

Lovely! I think the black is perfect -- not too witchy at all. And what a great friend to have!

Julie said...

The shawl is so gorgeous! She's going to love it!

Dorothy said...

It's gorgeous and so not Italian Nona.

tiennie said...

I lovessss it! I've never seen one in that colorway but now I have and now I covet it!

Mozilla said...

Wow it looks gorgeous. I think the points would have been a bit much too in the black. She will love it!

nova said...

Beautiful shawl Liz, I haven't seen one in black. And a swallowtail out of that yarn? It is going to be scrumptious.

Karla said...

I am the lucky recipient of this shawl and cannot wait to wear it! Every time I do, I'll think of my wonderful sister-in-law. Thanks a million, Liz!

Lolly said...

Oooh, the yarn and the pattern look wonderful together. This is lovely.