Wednesday, June 20, 2012

FO: Winnowing Shawl

Well, I finally did it. I finally finished the fingering-weight twisted-rib shawl I started way back in January. It feels so good to finally have it off the needles. Here she is:


Pattern: Winnowing by Bristol Ivy
Yarn: Loft in Faded Quilt
Needles: 4s
Raveled: Winnowing

I totally fell in love with this pattern when it came out Wool People Vol. 2, so I ordered the yarn and bought the pattern that same day. I love the look of the pattern- lacy but not frilly. It's grounded but lets a bit of sun peek though. A couple of days after I ordered my yarn, I read Bristol's blog and she mentioned the patterned was inspired by Iowa corn fields. I wish I had ordered the yarn in a beautiful green, but it was too late. Maybe I'll have to make another one some day...



I really loved this pattern, even though knitting it was incredible tedious. When you finish the main charted section, it feels like you should be over 50% done, but the knitted border is what really takes the most time. I posted some information on my Ravelry page about what I'd do differently if I made the shawl again, so if you're interested in knitting be sure to check that out. The last 10% of the shawl was pretty nerveracking because I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn. Luckily I had enough to fudge the ending. When the designer says it takes all of the 3 skeins, she isn't kidding.



Shawl in the blocking process. Thank heaven for blocking wires!
I'm not crazy about the faded quilt colorway. I was hoping it would have more blue flecks, but it's mostly a grey. I'm considering the possibility of overdying the shawl in black. I'm hesitant to do so because the entire point of buying a Brooklyn Tweed yarn is for the color variations within the yarn, but it's rather "blah" to me. I'd certainly never knit a shawl like this using black yarn for fear of going blind. I think it might worn more in outfits if I dyed it black, but in it's current state it makes for a good shawl to keep at work. Decisions, decisions. Does anyone have any advice?


15 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing such a beautiful project! I can tell that is would be seriously tedious to knit, but look at it! Totally worth it!

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  2. that is a super pretty shawl, the colour is fabulous with the pattern - really lovely xxx

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  3. I like the color it is now. It will match with anything.

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  4. Your shawl is completely beautiful. I bet you'll wear it all the time.

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  5. Very beautiful! You did a great job. I think the color is lovely. :) Congrats on a successful finish!

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  6. I think that faded quilt colorway looks lovely with the pattern. Beautiful FO!

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  7. this is drop dead beautiful. love it!

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  8. Do you have a fun or pretty brooch to afix it to your blouse or sweater underneath?

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  9. What a beautiful & unique shawl! Congrats!

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  10. I think it's beautiful, but I really like gray :)

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  11. Stunning! This shawl is beautiful. Also, I really love the photography!

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  12. I'm quite a fan of the color you chose. Perhaps if you lay it out somewhere where you can see if every day, it will grow on you a bit more?

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  13. Your shawl is beautiful! I love that color.

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  14. Your shawl is beautiful! I love that color.

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