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« on: December 06, 2006 09:05:09 AM »

Here's my first ever non-scarf FO! It's a Christmas present for my mum, so shhhh don't tell her.  Roll Eyes Tongue She has arthritis and gets cold easily, but she likes to do embroidery and stitching so I wanted to make her something to wrap around her shoulders that would leave her hands free.

It's the "Easy Triange Shawl" from Lion Brand Yarn. You're supposed to use Lion Brand Homespun but I didn't like the way it looked, I wanted it to be a tiny bit lacier, so I bought 5 skeins (and used 3.5) of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush, which is, I believe, 90% baby alpaca and 10% acrylic. It is the softest thing I have ever touched in my life, and was like knitting with dreams. And I adore the plum color.
The pattern was super simple- a YO at the beginning of each row, and then knit knit knit- but it gave me a bit more confidence in doing stitches other than knit and purl.
Here's a horrible picture of the pretty edge detail!

And finally a picture of it on me. It's quite long, which I like, so it won't point at my mom's butt when she wears it. Some people don't like that with triangle shawls. As you can sort of see it stops at my elbows, which is perfect for not getting in the way of her hands.

Comments and criticism appreciated! I did mess up a few places, and I'm not sure if you can really block alpaca. Can you? and if so, should I block it?
All in all I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2006 09:28:06 AM »

"like knitting with dreams"

You should write yarn ads, because I totally want some of this stuff now!
Sweet gift, I think your choice to use a finer yarn was a good one.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2006 09:49:55 AM »

Very beautiful and I love the color! I'm sure your mom will adore it. Grin

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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2006 11:38:40 AM »

I am working on a project with Knitpicks Elegance which I think is 70% alpaca and 30% silk. "Knitting with dreams" is right! It's so amazingly soft.

I love that color on your shawl. You did a great job and you should be proud!

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2006 04:41:52 PM »

Such a pretty color!

Yes, you can block alpaca and it makes a huge difference (especially on the pretty edging)! Just soak, stretch and pin like you would anything else... it'll make it a bit thinner, as it stretches the stitches, but I think you'll enjoy it- or your mom would, rather Tongue.

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