Monday, January 24, 2011

Cala Shawl

Well- I wrapped up my test knit of the Cala Shawl last night.

I knew going in that I was short on yardage but I figured I could make it work. I was also testing to see how adaptable the pattern was. (Or so I'm telling myself rather than feeling dumb for not using a yarn with enough yardage) and I think it was a success.

Anyway- I followed the pattern as written, but had to leave out the last section of the third chart. I still think it looks lovely- and it is quite big anyway. And I'm sure with my talent to block things to within an inch of their life (I'll have to show some restraint on this one so I can still wear it) the lace will open up and be quite lovely.

I'll be taking it to the shop tonight so that I can get approval from the designer before I move forward with blocking. I hope she is happy with it. I know I am!

Start to finish was less than 2 weeks and I would have been finished sooner had I not skipped a couple knitting days. The pattern is well written and the lace is lovely. A bit challenging I would say for a beginner, but an enthusiastic beginner to intermediate would likely be where I would put this. The lace is challenging enough for an advanced knitter so as not to get bored, but not so challenging to discourage an intermediate knitter to never want to do lace again. A great mix I would say!

Yarn: Schaefer Heather in an off colorway- unnamed (The true color is a dark purple, maroon, blue variation- hopefully I'll get some better color photos)
Needles: Knitpicks Harmony US5
Pattern: Cala Shawl by Mindy Wilkes- to be released in mid-February
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1 comment:

  1. Pretty! I really need to pick up my needles again. I haven't knitted since last February!


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