October 10, 2004


Can you stand to see one more picture of some lace knitting, blocked out on my dining room rug? Look here, if you dare:


I finished the knitting last night, and blocked it this morning. It finished out at 46 inches across the top edge, and about 19 inches long. This is much smaller than the predicted 54 inches by 27 inches that the pattern claims. The difference can be accounted for by these factors: I used a single strand of Kidsilk Haze, rather than the double strand of laceweight yarn that the pattern calls for; I am a tight knitter; also, I used a size US 6 needle rather than the size 7 called for. Since I am not a tall person, I don't mind that my Flower Basket is smaller. All in all, I am delighted with it.

I hope to show it off at Lacy Knitters Guild this afternoon!

Oh -- don't let me forget to mention this one other statistic: The Flower Basket Shawl took a little less than one entire ball of Kidsilk Haze.

Posted by Karen at October 10, 2004 12:07 PM

Oh wow, Karen, this is beautiful!! It is on my list to make after The Stonington. Lovely color you chose too. And now that you have done all the work for me, I know exactly how to make this to fit a 4' 11" person! Thanks!


Posted by: June P at October 11, 2004 12:53 AM

June: You can see why I fell in love with this, when I saw Evelyn wearing it during the class she taught a month ago. If I were to make it again (which I just might do!), I would go up to a size 7 needle, because I wouldn't mind it being a little wider than 46 inches.

I do hope you post the pictures of the Stonington (in that fabulous Loganberry color of Spindrift, one of my all-time faves) somewhere where we can see it!

Posted by: Karen at October 11, 2004 01:36 AM

What a pretty shawl!! Brava!

Posted by: Shawn R at October 11, 2004 04:54 PM

gorgeous! and i want to see a photo of june's shawl too :-)

Posted by: vanessa at October 11, 2004 06:24 PM

wonderful job Karen, how would the pattern hold up to adding a couple of repeats?

Posted by: marti at October 11, 2004 08:09 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words.

Marti: Evelyn, in her wisdom, designed this shawl just so that you can add as many repeats as you'd like! Mine is like a good-sized scarf, but one could just keep adding repeats and come out with a fingertip-length -- or even longer -- shawl. It's a versatile pattern that can be used by the short and the tall, alike.

Posted by: Karen at October 11, 2004 08:26 PM

Well, good job, that is just lovely. It is hard to believe that is just one ball of KidSilk Haze. You are going to love wearing this. In fact, you might need to make one in another color!

Posted by: Anne at October 12, 2004 08:01 PM