After a long weekend of beach bumming and pool side diversion, I’m surprised that I actually finished a project. Honestly, making the Swallowtail Shawl was not nearly as fun as I had hoped it would have been. The results are fantastic, however, the process was just a little monotonous for my tastes. But here she is…
Start: March 25, 2008
Finished: May 27, 2008 (This was another pre-op knitting nervosa episode)
Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark (Interweave Knits Fall 2006 and available on Interweave Knits’ and the designer’s websites)
Yarns: Schaefer Yarns Laurel in colorway Catherine the Great (which is also my hero, wee) and Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic II in Black
Needles: US 7 36″ circular
Mr. Yarn Bearer calls this one my “gypsy” shawl because of the colors, which he likes. I like them, too, but the Laurel only comes in 400 yard hanks and I knew I’d run out toward the end. Thankfully, there was a single skein of the Cotton Classic II in my stash and I really think that this project looks better with the black edging. I almost skipped the Lily of the Valley chart 2 to conserve yarn, but I’m glad I just went with it.
Speaking of the Lily of the Valley charts, those were vexing. Not in a difficult sort of way, but in the heavily mercerized cotton not being at all springy sort of way. I had to replace the p5tog with a sl 4, k1, psso, which holds a close resemblance. I’ll live.
I do love this pattern with the worsted weight yarns instead of lace. And the cotton will more use, here in Savannah, than wool or alpaca ever would. This would actually be a very lovely beach cover-up, wrapped around the waist, I’ll let you know how that works out.