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Sarah’s Wedding Shawl

September 5, 2006

The shawl is finished. I had hoped to show you photos of the bride modelling the shawl, but the final dress fitting has been postponed until next week. In the meantime, here I am in Sarah’s shawl:

The shawl was knit to my own design (thank you Barbara Walker!) on a 3.25 mm needle, and used about one and one half skeins of Suri Elegance, 100% alpaca. When I tried the shawl on before blocking, it felt a bit scratchy, so I gave it a good soak in hot water with hair conditioner before blocking. That seems to have worked because it feels nice and soft now.

I have Hyrna Hergobar from the Three Cornered and Long Shawls book on the needles now, and have also cast on Starmore’s Fern. I don’t know how Fern will work out. I did a gauge swatch, and I am actually a bit under gauge. From the few inches I have done on the back of the sweater, however, it looks like it will be too big. Way too big.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2006 2:06 am

    oh melanie, that is just beautiful! can’t wait to see wedding photos with your shawl šŸ™‚
    how big is your fern?

  2. Sam permalink
    September 5, 2006 2:26 am

    Mel, that is “ohmigawad” gorgeous. Your own design? I’m flabbergasted. Truly amazing!

  3. September 5, 2006 3:17 am

    “ohmigawad”? Now I understand why your films are so difficult to understand in original audio band. The shawl is beautiful!

  4. September 5, 2006 7:11 am

    Gorgeous, totally gorgeous.

  5. September 5, 2006 7:50 am

    Whoa. That is gorgeous. I love the pattern you chose, it’s interesting and uncommon.

  6. September 5, 2006 7:51 am

    Mel…your DIL-to-be will know how much you love her and treasure her as an addition to your family. What a truly meaningful gift, of time and creativity and how wonderful for your son to have chosen a girl that would appreciate such a gift. Her foot fits into the glass slipper, I’d say. She is a lucky girl. What a treasure.

  7. September 5, 2006 8:21 am

    Ah, well done! It’s lovely.

  8. September 5, 2006 8:36 am

    Mel, WOW. It’s stunning–and you’ve created an heirloom. What a wonderful mil you are. Thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

  9. Hope permalink
    September 5, 2006 8:37 am

    This is absolutely beautiful Mel!

  10. September 5, 2006 11:15 am

    Beautiful shawl! What a wonderful gift for the bride.

  11. September 5, 2006 12:12 pm

    Wow! That is just so stunning, Mel! Lovely, lovely. You are an amazing MIL! šŸ™‚

  12. September 5, 2006 12:31 pm

    Lovely. It looks so light and airy.

  13. September 5, 2006 12:47 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shawl. My very best wishes to the bride and groom.

  14. September 5, 2006 12:58 pm

    WOW, Mel. That is absolutely stunning!

  15. September 5, 2006 3:01 pm

    It is ABSOLUTELY breath taking!! What a truly special present for a bride. She will have the specialness of the day…and you…all wrapped around her.

  16. September 5, 2006 5:47 pm

    She’ll look gorgeous in it Mel, it’s truly beautiful.

  17. September 5, 2006 10:39 pm

    oh that is really lovely! i have often admired that stitch in photographs and wonered how it looks knitted up. thank you!

  18. June P permalink
    September 6, 2006 1:10 pm

    Just gorgeous Mel! What a lucky bride, a great mil and she knits for her to boot!

  19. September 6, 2006 2:16 pm

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! The visual movement of the lace pattern is stunning.

  20. September 7, 2006 1:02 am

    Oh my… that pattern needs to be published. I’m sure Barbara would approve.

  21. September 7, 2006 4:26 am

    Oh my, this is absolutely gorgeous, a true piece of art! I love the unique pattern! Beautiful!

  22. September 7, 2006 2:13 pm

    mel, that is beautiful! good job.

  23. September 7, 2006 11:58 pm

    Mel, Sarah is a lucky girl and I’m sure she must know that you are the best mother-in-law ever! I love how the shawl’s lace pattern is reminiscent of a double wedding ring quilt. Truly beautiful and a wonderful labor of love for a special day. Can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

  24. September 10, 2006 12:50 pm

    oooooohhhhh! What a great wedding shawl. I would write something else, but I’m struck dumb!

  25. September 10, 2006 4:20 pm

    Sarah’s shawl leaves me completely speechless. It is breathtakingly beautiful! Love the photos, too; the ones of you wearing it and also the one draped around the bench. That Suri alpaca is luscious stuff so it must feel, as well as, look wonderful, too.

  26. Lolly permalink
    September 11, 2006 8:25 pm

    That is absolutely stunning! Any chance you’d consider publishing the pattern?

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