September 25, 2004


"The art of life, of a poet's life, is, not having anything to do, to do something."

-- Henry David Thoreau, American Transcendentalist

Dear Reader, I hope this weekend presents you with some time that allows you to express some of what makes you uniquely you.

With Stormy enclosed in a bedroom, I was finally able to get a photo of the Flower Basket Shawl:
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The Flower Basket that Evelyn Clark wore in the lace knitting class was knitted in Misti Alpaca, as was the one pictured in Interweave Knits. However, Evelyn's was blue, and knitted from only a single strand of the alpaca. (The Interweave one uses two strands.) Interestingly enough, Misti Alpaca has a bit of a halo. This is not something you would predict, given the photo in the magazine.

I came home all fired up to knit a Flower Basket of my own. In my stash, I have a gazillion laceweight yarns of all persuasions, and looking these over, it occurred to me that Kidsilk Haze, with its halo, would look nice in this shawl. So I elected to use some purple Kidsilk Haze. The color, Dewberry, is actually a lighter purple in real life than in this photo.

Kidsilk Haze is a beautiful yarn. (But then, I've been a fan of mohair, and of silk, for forever.) That's why it is one of the yarns that I carry at Two Swans.

Posted by Karen at September 25, 2004 12:15 AM

I agree that KSH seems like a perfect choice for that shawl, and your work certainly seems to bear that out. Great job, and good luck keeping it from Stormy! So, how large is the shawl when worn? It looked rather small in the magazine photo.

Posted by: Anne at September 26, 2004 06:44 AM

"Shawl" is perhaps a generous description. It is more like a large scarf -- which is what I would prefer, as it could be worn as an everyday item. However, Evelyn has written the pattern in such a way that the knitter can keep adding lace repeats, and get as big of a shawl as she wants.

Posted by: Karen at September 26, 2004 04:55 PM

Flower Basket looks beautiful, Karen! I hope you are planning on bringing it to Ferals tonight!

Posted by: Ryan at September 27, 2004 09:18 PM