Sunday, February 21, 2010


I've finally knit my first full-sized shawl. Kind of a personal knitting watershed moment. Now I can certainly knit anything! ;) I remember being mystified the first time I picked up a lace chart, thinking that surely it would take me ages to knit anything from that. But after knitting many cabled pieces from charts, lace is no big deal. Much easier since there's no cabeling, actually!

Anyway. Here is Percy.

Percy is massive. 6 feet wingspan, massive. Well, maybe that only seems huge to me, who's never knit a proper shawl before. But really, I have no idea what to do with it. Here's a shot of it blocking on the futon:

It spilled over each end.

Thankfully, Percy is also gorgeous.

I don't think I'll ever wear it, but it was a great deal of fun to knit. The pattern is free, well-written, well-documented, and changes quickly. Plus if you change the number of repeats of any of the charts, you can end up with a very different shawl. Mine was knit exactly as the pattern is written. Other versions are on Ravelry, and are very pretty.

My version was knit from Zen Garden's Luxurious Lace (50% silk, 50% merino) in color Midnight. I reluctantly passed it up at the Cloverhill booth at last year's Sheep & Wool.. but couldn't refuse it again when I saw it at the store after the Fest. Oddly enough, it's almost exactly the same color (but with some variation) and yarn as the Zephyr that I knit my Swallowtail with. Guess I "needed" a gray-blue shawl?

Anyway. I love it, and I'm proud of it. And I can't wait to make another! Though I don't think that makes any sense at all. ;)


Anonymous said...

That shawl is beautiful! If your not going to wear it give it as a gift. Its too pretty not to show off.

Shepherd's Loft said...

Percy is beautiful! What an accomplishment. I think there will be some cool summer evening that you will say the shawl was the perfect touch.

Bea said...

It is beautiful and looks fabulous on you. Please don't give it away, keep it and enjoy wearing it!

mom said...

OH MY!!! Emily!!!! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!! And I think you should wear it!!! YOU certainly do it justice................
I can't wait to see it in person.
Love to YOU and ALL!!!!

Javajem said...

Love it!! And you will definitely wear it or I'll steal it from you :) You should wear it everyday!

Meredith Norlindh said...

Em! It's gorgeous!