Thursday, February 25, 2010

Winter Red Shawl

Two blog posts in one week?! It's insanity, I tell you. I was really excited about finishing up this UFO the other day, so I need to post about this. Rima and I are on a mission to finish our UFO's that have been sorely neglected for far too long. I found this buried somewhere a while ago and had made 2 efforts to finishing it. It never happened. Finally, I pulled it out the other day and realized that I only needed to crochet the border to call it done.I pulled out my hook and got to work. In between, taking care of Melody and making dinner, I got it done by 2am that night. Um yeah, I am a night owl. That's my little secret on how I get anything done. After she goes to bed is my crafting time.

I started this on February 10, 2009 and I completed this on February 23, 2010. It's such a shame that I waited this long. The next morning, I soaked it, pinned and blocked it. I put an electric fan in front of it and it was dry by the afternoon.I really love it! The blocking helped open up the stitches and it made the shawl very drapey. I made this same shawl in green with a heavier weight yarn last year. I didn't have enough yarn to do Row 6 of the border, but this time I did. Row 6 is the Picot Fan part. It was tedious, but I like how it makes those little blips at the end of each point.

The yarn is heavenly. It's a 4ply Mohair, but does not feel like mohair. It's very silky and didn't shed as I was working with it. I had bought this as a splurge many years ago at Seaport Yarns in New York City. The owner had shown me a finished project made out of the yarn and I was sold. I didn't end up using the whole skein because I just crocheted until it was the approximate size I wanted. I still need to weigh the leftovers. The shawl is a nice little shawlette to drape around my neck.

Pattern: All Shawl by Doris Chan (Free Ravelry PDF download)
Hook size: 5.5 mm (I)
Yarn: Wagtail Yarns Kid Mohair 4 Ply, Winter Red 350 300
Size: Small Version, 37" wide by 17" top to bottom

21 comments:

knithound brooklyn said...

Oh Wagtail! I have been coveting that yarn for a year - I love the feel of it. Your shawl is beautiful.

Cindy said...

Gorgeous!

Tamara said...

The shawl is beautiful. I've never crocheted a shawl before and I've been meaning to get Doris Chan's book as well. I think I'll try this pattern out first though.

caitlyn said...

Oooooh, very very pretty!!

littlebirdbigcity said...

Gorgeous, as usual. Angela strikes again!

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous!!

Micki said...

Fantastic! You're making me want to break out my hooks.

sue said...

It is simply stunning!

Muddling Through said...

You amaze me. That is just gorgeous!

Sayschnicklefritz said...

Super pretty! And it's to be cold and snowy this weekend, so it can get some outside time!

opportunityknits said...

It's soooo pretty. Such a lovely shade of red and the circular shape. Glad you got it finished!

Jennie said...

Oh it's so pretty, love the red =)

Stephanie said...

this is absolutely stunning!

Jeanne said...

What a gorgeous shawl - wow! I love everything about it - the color, the edging - beautiful!

craftivore said...

That is a beautiful, beautiful shawl. The red is fabu.

Rima said...

You go, girl! Our UFOs turned FOs rock! This is a beautiful shawl, with a very pretty border. Hmm. What will be next...?

ufuk said...

Oiyi; çok beğendim siteni . Ben Türk. Senin şalını bloğumda yayınlamak isterim. Teşekkürler....

Knitting Out Loud said...

Stunning! Red is the perfect color for this. Like wearing a tango.

Rebekah said...

this shawl is gorgeous! I love the color

hetty said...

Stunning! The red yarn makes it perfect!

Sam said...

LOVE the red - perfect to brighten up a wintry day.