Sunday, May 20, 2007


Thanks to Socherry and Nicole, I paused in my grand plan to break between charts one and two. Sometimes, just throwing an idea out there causes one to reflect a moment, and not dash off in a wild goose chase.

Icarus will be completed as written. This resource has saved me hours of grief, I'm sure of it.

Chart two is nearly complete, and I hope to post a photo in the next day or two.

Once again, thank you for this amazing resource.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Icarus Progress!

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Icarus Shawl 10

Here is the current state of my Icarus shawl.

Icarus Shawl 09

And a close-up of the pattern. I'm part-way through Chart #3, and loving it.

Please excuse the blurriness of the pics; I wanted to get a decent representation of the color, and so didn't use the flash.

I'm using Knitpicks Shadow in the Oregon Coast colorway. It's a great yarn to knit with, even though it's not a fancy expensive one. But it works very nicely for a first Major Lace Project. It is not very splitty, which is good, but even more importantly: it can stand up to a bit of ripping back while I try to fix mistakes.

I would love to be knitting this shawl in something silky or fuzzy or shimmery, but I think it's going to turn out lovely as is. Plus, this is a safer first-lace-yarn. So it was a perfect pick for me.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I finished my icarus! Except for the blocking. I had the most problems with making mistakes in rows one and two of the last four rows than anywhere else in the whole shawl. Go figure. I think I was so in the rhythm of following charts that I felt a little lost without them.

Pictures will come after blocking. Unfortunately, that may not be until next weekend. Going out of town this weekend and want to block it at my SO's grandma's house so I have enough room. Our 'guestroom' is really a storage room full of stuff. Plus, I don't trust my cat...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Here's my Icarus.
I'm about to begin chart two. I have enjoyed every stitch, because the pattern is stunning and the yarn was dyed especially for me.

I have exactly 800 meters, and I do think some will remain, but I want to use every last inch, if possible. My proposal is this: putting chart one aside, and using a provisional cast on, complete the remaining three charts, and then grafting the two together. That way, if (and that's a big if) I have more yarn, I can add extra repeats of chart one. Has anyone attempted to graft more than stockingette? I think it should be possible. However, it may break up the vertical line of the shawl, so I'm quite hesitant about this.

That said, I will use my new digital scale to determine the weight of my remaining yarn and calculate all the stitch requirements before I make my decision.

This knit-a-long is a fabulous resource! I had no idea such a thing existed. Thanks to all for participating.
Hello all, newbie here (and KAL virgin).

I've decided to make (or become obsessed with making- tough line to draw) Icarus out of some Hand Maiden Lace Silk in the Bronze colourway. I fell in love with the shawl when it first came out but never thought that I'd actually make it since I had sooooo many other projects on the go and I wasn't sure what I would do with a lace shawl. A quick trip to the Downtown Knit Collective's Knitter's Frolic here in Toronto, threw all of that calm rational thought out of the window and I found myself clutching these beauties:

A small apartment yarn acquisition rule I have: never buy yarn that has no purpose. Quickly racking my brain, I remembered Icarus and thought that it would be a beautiful pattern to set off the variegation in the yarn. Like magic, there was a copy of the Summer '06 Interweave next to me where I could check the yarn requirements. Needless to say that I was off.

I've been trying to get some projects off the needles before plunging into this one. After about two weeks, I couldn't wait anymore. Here's the little that I have so far.

I was reading an earlier post where someone was trying to use Handmaiden for her Icarus and it was pooling badly. Hopefully I won't have the same problem since, at this point, I love this yarn so much I could cry.

Happy knitting,

Monday, May 14, 2007

Welcome new KALsters! Summer is blooming, and lace is in the air!

There's been a rush of new Icarus knitters of late, and I'd like to welcome you. I hope you enjoy knitting this pattern and I look forward to seeing all your lovely work.

-Lynn (aka froggy_dear)
I finished chart 4! Only five more rows to go (including the bind off). I can hardly believe it. I found chart 4 to go much faster than chart 3 for some reason. Maybe because I actually worked on it pretty steadily without getting distracted by other projects...

Friday, May 04, 2007

Here is the current progress on my Icarus shawl, though the picture was really taken to show off my new stitch markers.

Icarus Shawl 08 & Sheep Markers

I'm on Chart #2, and love the way the pattern shifts. It's so much fun to work.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Hello! Thank you for letting me join the Icarus KAL - this is my first lace shawl and I've already had so many monstrous slip-ups adventures!

See my blog entries here and here but at the moment all has settled down -on the 2nd repeat of the first chart using's laceweight in a burnt hot golden Bombon shade.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Hello everyone!

I've actually been working on my Icarus shawl for some time now, but never thought to look for a KAL. I'm well into the second chart, and love the pattern.

I'm using Knitpicks' Shadow for my shawl, and don't have any current progress pictures, but if you go to my blog I have some old-ish pictures up.

I plan on adding beads to the edging of the shawl. Miriam posted instructions on how to do it, since there wasn't room in the Interweave Knits column for it. Has anyone else tried it? How did the beading turn out, if so?

Anyway, that's my introductory post, and I'll try to take current progress pictures soon. Cheers!


I know I haven't posted here very frequently, especially since my first post was when I started the shawl back in March. I finished it this weekend. I used Claudia Handpaint Silk in the Plumicious color. For most I used my Knitpicks Options needles, but between Chart 3 and 4, my Addi Lace needles arrived and I switched to them.

I love this shawl.