RIght now, I’m working on an evening shawl. I’m going to be in a wedding next month, and since it’s evening dresses in the middle of winter I decided I’d need something extra for warmth. Coincidentally, my closest local yarn shop just got in some of the most beautiful, luxurious yarn I’ve seen – half and half cashmere and silk, with a tiny metallic thread lending a hint of sparkle. (It’s Artyarns Ensemble Glitter Light, for those who are interested.)
I’m working it in the “Dinner in the Eiffel Tower” shawl pattern (by Jessie Dodington) and am really enjoying the project. It’s a beautiful, soft yarn to work with, and apart from some rather horrible purl-two-through-the-back-loops, it’s a fun and easy pattern. It’s got various Eiffel Tower themed elements, like a lattice lace that looks a little like the tower itself, and ridges that are reminiscent of the platforms.
Of course, you can hardly see the pattern. For one, the shawl is all scrunched up on my needles – and additionally, lace is always scrunchy and weird looking until it gets blocked out. I hope to have a nicely blocked “after” photo for you next week, but for now, it’s coming along – scrunchy or not!
It’s only my second (non-rectangular) shawl, and I feel like I’m learning a lot about shawl shaping. I’m looking forward to learning how to design some shawl patterns. Maybe my third will be my own design?