Thursday, May 03, 2007

Tuscany Shawl - Completed

The Tuscany Shawl has been completed!

Tuscany Shawl 1
Originally uploaded by RandomRanter.

It was a joy to knit. It's a pattern (with a chart, and I have a fear of charts) that was incredibly easy to knit and by the second repeat or so, I had the pattern in my head such that I dangerously stopped counting rows. (I may have misplaced my post-it also, but that is neither here nor there.)
I was worried about doing a pointy shawl from the bottom up, a way that seems designed to taunt victims of starter-itis, but it was fun and easy and relaxing. Having the wrong side rows be simple read your knitting rows, made this a great multi-tasking knit.

Tuscany Shawl 2
Originally uploaded by RandomRanter.

I ended up binding of halfway through the final pattern repeat because I was paranoid the last ball was dwindling quickly. It's still plenty long, and I'm sure when I block it it'll bloom a smidge more.
I had the mercerized cotton on hand (right gauge and everything, it seemed meant) but would love to try this again with the silk in a bolder color, since I think the silk will have a really gorgeous drape.

Tuscany Shawl 3
Originally uploaded by RandomRanter.

The Details:
Pattern: Tuscany Shawl from No Sheep For You
Needles: Denise Interchangeables #6 - With the pink cording!
Yarn: 5 balls of Elann Sonata in Gray Slate (mercerized cotton) - 115 yards per ball