Monday, July 17, 2006


(cross-posted on my blog)

I finished Sunday afternoon.

As I've said before, this was my first lace project. This was also the first time I've used blocking wires. I got a set at my LYS Y2Knit. I had heard people talking about how expensive blocking wires can be so I was a little apprehensive but they were only $25 for a complete set.

Susan, the owner, and I looked at my remaining yarn while I was there and she estimated that I wouldn't have enough to finish. She gave me another ball and told me to bring back what I didn't use. I ran out a little over half-way through the bind-off. I did a combination of the a spit and a russian join. It held during the blocking without any trouble so I think it will be fine.

I didn't have to stretch it to get to 72" wide and 36" down the center. It was plenty big. There are a few mistakes and twisted stitches but all-in-all I am very, very happy. Thanks to you, Miriam for creating this beautiful pattern and thanks to all the knitters in this KAL for all their advice and encouragement.

Icarus Shawl
Pattern by Miriam Felton
Published in Interweave Knits - Summer 2006
Yarn: JaggerSpun Zephyr 50% merino/50% silk, approx. 980 yds.
Started: May 21, 2006
Finished: July 16, 2006

Editted to add:
Thanks for all the nice comments! I really enjoyed knitting this, my first lace project.


froggy_dear said...

You did a beautiful job! I'm stalled out in the edging, but I think you've given me some inspiration to move on.

Lovely color, too. :)

wenders said...

This is just amazing! I am still on the straight part (repeat 4!) but this is inspiring...! Congrats!

Helen said...

I was about to start a different piece of lace but these Icaruses are very tempting and yours looks particularly beautiful. It's quite lovely: you must be so pleased with it.

carrie and brent said...

Very beautiful! I love how it looks in that color. I can't wait to get to the edging :)

Nonnahs said...

Congrats! It's beautiful!

Crazy About Sox said...

Very beautiful! I was wondering if someone could help me... I have a friend that would love to try this pattern, I am looking to get it and all the yarn needed to make it for her as a present. Where can I find the pattern? Or can someone please e-mail it to me? Thanx a bunch


Maureen said...

It's beautiful! I love your choice of colour.

I must run out and buy some blocking wires. The thought of how many pins I'd need scares me ;)

Kristen said...

G O R G E O U S !!!!!

That looks beautiful.


Sue said...

It's beautiful. Which color Zephyr is that? Ladyslipper?

RunsWithTrowels said...

beautiful job! i love the color, & i am sure that the "mistakes" will never be found by anyone but you.
Y2Knit is an awesome store, & i love her customer service. i was crushed when my parents moved from hagerstown to alaska... no more weekend trips to y2knit for me!

Kim said...

Thanks for the compliments. To answer some of your questions:

runswithtrowels: Wow! Alaska, that's quite a change. Did they finally get sick of hazy, hot, and humid?

sue: I'm not sure the ball bands had a color name written on them. Susan said she wound them off a cone.

crazy about socks: I added the pattern information to my post. That issue of Interweave Knits is still in the stores.

froggy_dear: Will you please put finished by my name on the members list. My name is Kim and I think I'm the only Kim on the list.

Thanks again to everyone, Kim

Kel said...

Very pretty! And wonderful photos, too!

Kate A. said...

Gorgeous!! I love the pink -- now I need a shawl in pink, too! Anyway, congratulations!

I have to get me some blocking wires. Your points look much neater than mine...

JANET said...

you may have mentioned it in a previous post, but what size needles did you use?

christine said...

Beautiful! A magnificent shawl for your first lace piece!