Tuesday, 9 July 2013

A big finish!

I finished my mystery shawl KAL!  This was the Unexpected Journey KAL on Ravelry designed by AlterLace.  Nine clues were released over about 11 weeks, with each clue relating to a passage in The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

This sucker is huge - 71" wingspan.  I don't think I would have ever started it if I had known how big it was going to turn out to be.  And yet I really enjoyed knitting it.  Having it in manageable chunks really helped, and the stories were entertaining.  And it was good being able to consult the designer or the group if I ran into an issue or got confused.

This is in Madeleine Tosh Merino Light which I bought on our trip to Miami in February.  It's a pretty tone on tone yarn, single ply, colourway Volga.  I found it ok to knit with, a bit splitty and a bit too ready to cling to itself - but that made it easy to spit splice. I used three skeins, with 30g left over from the third skein. I bought the beads at Get Knitted in Brislington.

It took me about 90 minutes to block it, but at least in this weather it dried in a few hours.


swooze said...

Wow that is beautiful!

Daisy said...

Wow, that's both huge and beautiful! Looks good, especially draped around your gorgeous looking house!

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