Sunday, May 06, 2007

Forest Canopy Shawl - It's A Wrap!

Here it is: the completed Forest Canopy Shawl in Colinette's Jitterbug/color: Tuscany. Size 7 needle. Started 3-17-07 and completed this morning 5-6-07.

Unblocked it measured 46" wingspan/23 inches center back. After being wetted and blocking it is 66X30. It's fairly large. Eeeks! I called Mary in a panic miscalculating that it was 76 but I added wrong, it's 66. I did 3 extra repetitions while knitting, thinking I wanted it larger, but now it might be too large. SIGH.

Lesson learned: next time I want to block a shawl, instead of immersing it in cold water and then rolling it in towels, I think I would do as Mary suggested and just pin it down and then spritz it with water so it doesn't expand quite so much.

It's been storming really bad all weekend here in KC. To the west of us, in Kansas, on Friday night, they had tornadoes that were so bad, one town of Greenburg was leveled. I feel so sorry for those people.

Twenty-five years ago, on June 7th to be exact, I was in a small house that collapsed from a storm when two trees went through my tiny house (no basement), with me inside! I was lucky I wasn't smashed to smithereens. So I can imagine the fear those people faced when another tornado front moved over that same area again last night. Everything here is fine - just a lot of storms and heavy rain, thunder and lightening. No tornadoes. Thank Goodness. We've been resting, staying in and cleaning the house a bit.

I visited The Studio yesterday and had a great time. Found a new pattern for a cable handbag that the storeowner, Allie, designed. I'll be making that for Stitches. I'm also going to be starting a new vest. These are the yarns for the Jane Thornley Sunset Bolero vest:

Isn't this cute?

If it turns out, then it will go to Stitches with me. It's one of those Freeform "not an exact science" kind of projects. I love the colors of this vest, and I hope it won't look like I'm an overstuffed sausage wearing it. You can bet that I won't be wearing it with my midriff exposed such as the young girl modeling this vest is doing. But it's my next project. Wish me luck.


Jeanne said...

The shawl is beautiful! How many skeins of Jitterbug did it take?

ChelleC said...

1 1/2 skeins. If I'd just done the regular 10 repetitions of the pattern, I could have probably used only 1 skein, but I tried to make it bigger by going 3 more reps.

Elysbeth said...

Stunning! I think you'll find that you have to fiddle with a bigger shawl less, it stays wrapped or pinned or tied behind your back much more easily. It also isn't stretched as much by a shoulderbag strap.

Carol said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it. I think your are inspiring me to do a shawl. Not sure I can fit it in for Stitches but will definitely put one on the list.