Friday, April 20, 2007

Hi Everyone!

After almost exactly 2 weeks of work I'm on the 4th of 5th repeat of Chart One (I'm going to do two more repeats after this one, so I'm not particularly fussed over keeping close track) and so far really - surprisingly! - enjoy the easy, almost mindlessness, progress of the pattern so far.

(I guess after knitting Birch as my very first lacy shawl project - done in just 3 rapid weeks! - I'm a bit casual about my future shawl projects...........which are probably [in]famous last words, huh?)


I'm using the pattern-recommended wool-silk yarn - - Jaegerspun Zephyr in a quite lovely shade called 'Aegean Blue'. The shawl is a gift for my most dearest Grammy Jane (my maternal grandmother) and as my toddler son and I will be visiting her over Memorial Day, I still - happily - have loads of time to finish it.

My only real question, so far, for the group is about the recommended needles. I'm using Addi Naturas (love that bamboo!!!) in a size 3 - - but keep holding up the whole thing and wondering over and over and over again if a 24" needle is really going to be long enough to comfortably hold the entire shawl once I get to those last, mammoth, stitch-packed rows???


Miriam said...

If you're adding repeats, then you may want a 29" circular. Larger doesn't HURT, but I've knit the shawl twice on 24" circulars without problems.

Barb outside Boston said...

Birch was MY first lace shawl, too! I loved how you started big and then it just kept going faster and faster as the # of stitches got smaller.
I have to say, my next shawl, the Shetland Triangle, needed some real will-power to finish!

wendy said...

I love the Agean blue color. I have 2 skein of it that I was using to make a poncho. But last night I ripped it out. So sad, but now I think I will use it to make the Icarus. :)


CrazyFiberLady said...

There may be a lot of stitches but they are definitely tiny. You can easily get the whole thing on a 24" needle. I just finished mine using a 24" Addi Lace (oooo so worth the wait those are!) and didn't have any problem with room on the needle.