Wednesday, 25 March 2009
The Story of a Shetland Tea Shawl
Once upon a time there was a knitter who couldn't decide what to knit next.
She stared into her stash cupboard for inspiration.
Occasionally she would pull out a bag of yarn and stare at it closely. Then she would sigh, put it back and then stare at the cupboard some more.
Eventually she decided this staring approach wasn't going to yield any results so she adopted a 'First in First Out' algorithm and set about finding the oldest yarn in her stash. That turned up this olive green laceweight yarn (Baruffa Cashwool from Lane Borgosesia).
Armed with 1400ish yards of olive green laceweight she turned to her knitting books and realised that despite having owned the book for over a year she had never made anything from A Gathering of Lace.
Flipping through the pages the knitter came across the Shetland Tea Shawl which was a pattern she had admired in the past and it just happened to need 1400ish yards of laceweight.
Hurrah. Pattern selected.
The knitter cast on and the green yarn was slowly turned into a green blob. And the green blob grew and grew. It grew until it was almost a shawl. But wasn't quite a shawl because a shawl needs edging.
In the case of this shawl 1150 rows of edging.
So the knitter began knitting the edge.
And slowly the knitter edged along...
....and almost there...
And finally the knitter cast off and inspected her work.
And found a rather uninspiring mess of green noodles trying hard to be a shawl.
But the knitter didn't panic. She knew with a short bath, 115 pins and a few hours drying time these green noodles would become this.
A happy ending!
Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace
Baruffa Cashwool - 1460 yards (I used about 1200 of that)
Unblocked size - 29 inches (diameter)
Blocked size - 55 inches (diameter)