I keep meaning to write more about my fiber finds in Catalonia and the Pyrenees but just couldn’t put the Swallowtail Shawl down long enough to get anything done. It was started on the plane trip back and I just finished it last night. Besides the nupps (which I would call knitting speed bumps) it’s a really quick knit.
Last week I meet Evelyn (the designer) at a local knitting group and asked her my burning question about this pattern. Why does it suggest placing a safety pin on the wrong side? She said that when the pin serves as a reminder that the last two stitches need to be knitted (not purled) to maintain the garter stitch border.
Finally, an excellent opportunity to use the dressing wires that I purchased this summer while attending the NWRSA conference.
It was easy to slide the wire into the yarn-over holes on the edges but figuring out how to keep the shawl spread out was a bit tricky. The best solution was to clamp the wires to my bookcase which happens to be the same width.
By the way, I couldn’t resist getting one of those shawl pins made by Romi.
So, now it’s back to finishing those darn buttonholes on Firebirds. I promise.
Beautiful, I love the color. I made this shawl in green a while back and gifted it. Seeing yours makes me want to make it again in a lively color.
It’s absolutely lovely! I think that one’s finally going on my “to do” list. And the pin is perfect on it. 🙂
your swallowtail is gorgeous!
knitting speedbumps, heh heh.
Just lovely! I love the idea of knitting speed bumps. Makes me giggle!!
That came out really beautiful!
The scarf looks beautiful, and the color is very nice on you. Can you tell us what yarn and needle size you used?
Thanks for all the comments.
I used 3.5mm needles.
I bough the yarn while on vacation in Paris about three years ago. It’s lace weight alpaca. There was no label and they sold it by weight. I started with 100.gms and used about 96gms. I thought it’s similar to Misty Alpaca but perhaps not since the pattern calls for one ball that is 50gms.
I made swallowtail, but I wound up not liking the yarn I used. It looked too much like baby yarn. I love your version, the color is wonderful. More good work.