Wednesday, May 27, 2009


The last week has involved
funeral [ with lashings of migraine meds and a two hour drive each way ]
more migraine
pjs all weekend
goat tending
getting the car serviced

in other words a lot of stuff that didn't make for particularly thrilling blogging

I briefly considered blogging about the inch of rain that we got the other day [ yahoo! ]

or the beautiful misty morning

but instead I'm just going to show you the current knitting:

This is the fourth shawl in the last six months - there was the chunky Faroese one that ma-in-law got for Christmas, the two blue, laceweight versions of the Comfort Shawl, and this

which will be the Forest Canopy Shawl when it grows up. [ pic above truer for colour ]
I'm doing it in the same 50c-a-ball-from-the-Op-Shop laceweight as the blue ones [ except it's teal this time ] which means about 4 times the work of the original pattern but it should be worth the effort.
Given that unblocked lace

is a universe away from the finished and blocked version, you can all go and check out one of Tara's here and Jejeune's here

I've seen photos of probably thousands of beautiful lace shawls, not to mention several hundred fabulous versions of this specific pattern, but it was really was Tara's and Jejeune's that convinced me that

a] I had to make it
b] that it should be in laceweight

I'm still seriously considering pinching Tara's idea and doing a dip dyed edge - maybe in navy which might then turn out to be a darker teal on this base colour

just found a post by Rell with her Forest Canopy Shawl which is also totally luscious so I'm adding that link as well here


Marcie said...

After looking at Tara's, I reckon yes definitely try a dip-dyed edge, hers is lovely

lisette said...

yes that's a great idea - it will look stunning!

Tara said...

Do iiiiiittt! We can even organise a time for me to come over and play and watch you do it if you like :p

Anonymous said...

I can't take credit for that Canopy Shawl. It was all done by Naked Pippi. (Lisa)

My Luna Moth Shawl is still sitting in the cupboard to be blocked. Mind you it has been sitting there now for 6 months. I am a scaredy chicken; as I have never blocked before; and have to get the confidence to do it!

Sheepish Annie said...

Wow! That is truly a lovely shawl. I might just reconsider my current lace ban for that one!

Bernie said...

Your shawl looks lovely, and I really liked Tara's as well. I love seeing the talent of others, and you my friend are talented.
......:-) Bernie

Bells said...

you are quite right about the loveliness that is laceweight FC shawls. I'm thinking about making one myself. Mine was 4ply. But these are all lovely!

Donna Lee said...

If you check out the current issue of the Twist Collective (, they have an article on dyeing lace. It looks really cool.

I hear you on the migraines. Mine are triggered by weather changes and sinus issues and the weather around here has been odd and changeable for a month. Good for the pain medicine companies!

Lynne said...

Sorry to hear about the migraines - I hope you're feeling much better.

The Forest Canopy shawl is looking very beautiful.

Alwen said...

YUCK, migraines. (knocks on wood)

It's amazing, the transformation between unblocked and blocked lace.