Thursday, February 05, 2009

FO: Flower Basket Shawl

First I want to thank all of you for your kind words about Amelia. Our weather has turned cool and rainy (yes! rainy!) so I will even get to wear it soon.

A couple of you mentioned an interest in knitting it as well... and I think you should! Just fyi, I knit a 34" which would be zero ease for me without any modifications. I also knit to gauge! With blocking I have a perfect fit... although I wouldn't mind it a bit longer. But that's just my personal preference. If you consider knitting Amelia, I would definitely go with either zero or some positive ease for a good fit. I don't think you could go wrong if you knit it a bit bigger, but any smaller and, depending on your shape, you might run into some pulling and snugness. Just my 2 cents... which is about all it's worth.

Anyway, I did block my sister's finally finished Flower Basket Shawl

Flower Basket Shawl

Flower Basket Shawl

And am thrilled with the simple elegance of the pattern and the luxury of the yarn that never lets me down, Handmaiden Sea Silk. This time in "Straw"

Sea Silk makes anything luxurious and I can imagine using this pattern again in the future. I saw a larger one in a yarn store once that was knit in autumn colors with a strand of sock yarn and a strand of fine cashmere held together. It was incredibly soft and I came really close to indulging in the fibers to knit my own, but I would then need a front porch to rest on while I gazed at the sunset or changing leaves with it draped casually around my shoulders. Without the front porch, it would really be, well, only a shawl.

Unfortunately, DH is not quite on board with my train of thought here so I cast on for another shawl in the meantime with some Malabrigo sock yarn. The counting for this one is killing me, so I'm gonna wait for pictures until I'm sure I've got something close to a shawl happening on my needles.


marit said...

I thought you said you weren't a photographer??! The shawl is beautiful!!!

Auntie Pudentaine said...

That is amazing and the color makes me swoon!!

Natalie said...

Perfect, simply perfect! Perhaps she'll model it for you in the future?

Ruthanne (in Seattle) said...

that shawl is gorgeous! Did you use more than one hank of seasilk? I have two hanks of seasilk and am debating about that flower basket shawl. I need it to be a bit bigger than the first one - you made it too and now I can't remember the name of it. . . what do you think size wise?

Becky said...

That is gorgeous! So are the pictures.

Angelika said...

That shawl turned out great. She picked a nice pattern and you turned it into a beauty.

Chrisknits said...

Ge-ORGEOUS! Love it.

Hey, are you on bloglines?

Jennifer Campbell said...


It's gorgeous. Absoutley perfect. Thank you very, very much. Now, can't wait to wear it!