6 April 2013

finished knits

Not one, not two, but three (!) black shawls to show you. These are all destined to be gifts for other people.

Black garter ridge shawl, traditional triangle

First up, a plain black traditional triangle, with a few garter ridges thrown in. It's kind of like the Boneyard Shawl, the Romney Triangle and the body of Terra before the lace, all rolled in together but without actually following the instructions from any of those. Knitted until it felt big enough.

Grey and black Textured Shawl, extra wide

A grey Textured Shawl but modified to include increases on all rows, not just right side rows, to result in a wide, shallow triangle which the wearer could, if she wished to emulate Tess of the D'Urbervilles, wrap around herself and tie behind her back. (So when she's picking cabbages in a muddy field her shawl ties don't trail in the muck).

The modification to the pattern means it uses a surprising amount more yarn than usual, and i ran out of the grey Pear Tree 8ply yarn when the shawl was still not quite the size i was after. I opted to border it with the last of the black Pear Tree 8ply i'd dyed to knit the first shawl, and i'm quite pleased with the effect.

Cladonia, extra wide

And finally, another Cladonia, modified to make it bigger for more wrappage. This used the last of my precious stash of The Knittery slim sock yarn and as it looks unlikely that The Knittery will ever return, that's the last time i'll knit with this lovely yarn, sadly. It is my favourite sock yarn - silky but strong, with a lovely sheen and gorgeous drape. Perfect for delicate shawls and also the best yarn i've ever used for socks. *mourns*

This black shawl was dyed too, although i opted to dye it once it was complete. I prefer yarn dyeing to garment dyeing, but the skein had already been dyed once and balled, and i was not going to undo all that work. Besides, i was hoping that the previous dye job (olive and plum) would work for the shawl. Unfortunately it did not. And so i did what i always do when in doubt - overdye the whole thing black and call it done.

Now to wrap them all up ready for gifting, as they say. When did that noun become a verb? I think i prefer "ready for giving". Yes, much better.

All three shawls are ravelled, here.

19 comments:

Jan said...

I too miss the Knittery's yarn and still have some thin sock wool in my stash. Not much but some.

All your shawls look good. All very different but all attractive.

Jo Windmill said...

Oh what a wonderful post, full of knitted shawls! Gorgeous and lucky lucky giftees!
I'm very fond of the "Tess" look larger shawls afford.

Jo said...

So beautiful! All of them...

Laura Jane said...

exquisite, as usual.

I love the thought of them used crossed and tied. Just stunning.

blackbird said...

1,2,3.

GAH!

Elizabeth said...

The lace edging on the last one, so gorgeous!

M said...

All lovely!

Mousy Brown said...

Love them all, especially as I have an urge to do some black/grey knitting...

Lynne said...

All very different but equally beautiful.

I, too, prefer "giving" to "gifting"! The latter has been used on Downton Abbey in a couple of episodes and I'm pretty sure it would not have been used by aristocratic English people in the early 20th century!

Julie said...

Beautiful shawls, all of them. I harbour a secret resentment of nouns that transform into verbs, though I also harbour a secret fear of being one of those people railing against 'gotten' when everyone else has accepted and moved on.

readersguide said...

I hate the word "gift" as a verb! Does "I was gifted two pears" mean anything other than "I was given two pears?" Don't get it.

The Coffee Lady said...

Those are very lovely. And you're right, gifting is not a verb.

I have just this very moment read 'coupon' used as a verb.

We are all going to grammar hell in a handbasket.

Rose Red said...

They are all gorgeous. I especially love the black border on the grey textured shawl. Serendipitous! (I hope that is the correct usage! Heh)

shadygrey said...

Wow, so beautiful, all of them. You are a (knitting) legend.

Z said...

Uau, i love that last one! Gorgeous!

embracingitall said...

Your knits are as gorgeous as ever. I love the grey/black combo shawl. Jacinta

Rebekka said...

Oh wow...that last one...WOW!!!

Rebekka said...

Oh wow...that last one...WOW!!!

Isabelle said...

These are remarkably gorgeous.