Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Second February FO

Hey everyone! I hope you're all having a good, and productive, week.

May I introduce my latest FO, a Japanese Feather and Fan shawl.

For: My Grandmother

When: Christmas '08! It feels amazing to have this great of a present done already.

Some specs:

Pattern: Japanese Feather and Fan shawl, found as a free pattern on Ravelry. I really loved this pattern, and am so glad I found it. It was fairly easy to follow (just the charts, but I've done quite a bit of lace before, so it was no problem) and the end product is so lovely. Blocking it out, as usual, was so much fun.

Yarn: 2.5 skeins of Knitpicks Palette that I had leftover in my stash. I found myself sitting at the computer one night with a ball of sock yarn, going "what am I going to do with this?" Well, this is what I did.

Needles: US size 3 (3.25mm) circulars.

Mods: I cast off using a crochet bind off, in a contrasting color of Knitpicks Palette. I barely had enough yarn to finish (but i was stashbusting, so it worked out quite well), and didn't have enough to cast off! I like the contrasting color though, it adds a bit of a shock, in a good way.

This took me about 4 days from start to finish, but I worked on it like a madwoman. Each row took such a long time, that on the purl rows I would read for school, and on the knit rows I would just listen to music. Alternating between about 10 minutes of purling/reading and knitting/relaxing made the time go by very quickly. It was quite enjoyable!

All in all, I am quite pleased with this project. And I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to be done with a Christmas present already!

More details on my blog
And on Ravelry


KimT said...


Stephanie... said...

WOW!!!! I now wish I was your grandmother.

Sara said...

It's beautiful! I love the way the contrasting edge looks. I may just have to add that one to my to-do list.

rwolcott said...

Wow! That is gorgeous. I'm sure your grandmother will love it. What a lucky lady!

Jadielady said...

Oh wow that is beautiful!!!

suzenew said...

This is beautiful and I am impressed that you can read and purl at the same time. I really like the contrasting color.

L'Tanya said...

Stunning! I love the contrasting color border. I'm definitely adding this to my queue. I agree with suzenew -- reading and purling is pretty impressive. I can knit and listen to music on Pandora at the same time, but that's about it.

Nicole said...

I am in awe! What beautiful work and in four days!

Jennifer said...

Just gorgeous (*swoon, sigh*) Nice finish!

JavaNut said...

This is spectacular... very inspiring!