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!