Monday, March 31, 2008

Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl

I've finally finished the shawl and I'm pleased with how it came out. the yarn was not spun with this shawl in mind. But as I was spinning the skeins and searching my fiber stash for what to do next, these colors I used it became apparent to me that these colors would work well together. And as I spun each color up, I decided that I wanted to put them all together for a shawl. So, I searched for a pattern and decided on this Feather and Fan Shawl.

When I started knitting the shawl I wasn't sure I liked how the colors were working up together. I was getting a weird retro vibe that seemed to scream thrift shop, but I kept going and the more I knit the more the thing grew on me. I now like the colors together and the finished shawl.

I was surprised how big the thing ended up being after blocking. I'll have to keep that in mind if I knit any more lace type patterns. There is some satisfaction in knowing that I spun the yarn used in this project. I look forward to knitting another project with handspun. The nice thing is that the knitting hides some of the unique features of the handspun and even things out.

Project Info
Pattern:
The Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl by Sarah Bradberry
Yarn: Handspun by me; 5 different skeins of 100% Bluefaced Leicester
Needles: addi TURBO - US# 7 (4.5 mm)
Finished Width: 83 inches
Finished Height: 34 inches
Notes: no modifications were made to pattern; completed 3 repeat sections

18 comments:

Bezzie said...

Wow. Wow. Wow.

First Wow--I love the way the colors jive together. It gives a very homey feel.

Second Wow--Dang you knit that fast!!!

Third Wow--I'm so happy to see some handspun being put to good use. I love it when I can read about yarn from start to finish!

Monika said...

I love, love, love it! It's gorgeous, it's fabulous! Very well done! :o)

Trillian42 said...

Oh, my gosh! It's amazing!!! Absolutely spectacular.

And I don't think it looks 70's retro - it looks like layers of sandstone in the desert to me.

Lauren said...

The colors are perfect in that pattern! So awesome, a whole shawl made out of your very own handspun!

cpurl17 said...

That's a beautiful shawl and the colors go so perfectly together. Not 70's retro at all--more of a natural look. It's just gorgeous.

Dave said...

I love that shawl. The colours are perfect ... nice and earthy and warm and tweedy and mottled and ... perfect.

gilraen said...

Oh wow!!!! Spectacular indeed!! You should be very proud, it is just stunning!! And all your own work!! :)

Meghann said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love the way the colors play together and it looks so nice to wrap up in.

Esoteric Knitter said...

oohhh so pretty!

mel said...

Shannon, WOW! Your shawl is awesome!! You made it! I mean, you made the yarn! And you made the shawl! - what an awesome feeling that must be. Your spinning and knitting are lovely, and I hope you'll get many years and much comfort from your shawl! It was genius to put those colors together, I love it!

Lazuli said...

Wow! You spun that, and knit that, and already? Double wow. The colors are spectacular and they go so well together - and you spun it all? Wow!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! Wow! I don't think we even saw it as a WIP, you sneaky girl :) Well, we did see all the handspun knit up. Seriously Shannon. Great job! I love it!

angelarae said...

Love this pattern and the colors are wonderful!

Ang

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

beautiful! Very impressive! I love the colors together.

Zonda said...

It is gorgeous! I agree with Trillian too! Not retro, although I'm partial to those colors at times! :) I too loved seeing it from fiber to yarn to shawl! :)

Stacie said...

it is beeeeeutiful!!! just beautiful!

May said...

This is simply gorgeous. What a wonderful journey you started at SAFF :) You definitely have that spinning touch, girl!

gray la gran said...

the prettiest versions of this shawl are always the handspun versions!
it's lovely!