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Topic: Sheep to Shawl Entry -- Cherry Berry All Shawl  (Read 2890 times)
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« on: September 01, 2011 12:45:56 PM »

For my entry I used "Doris Chan's All Shawl" pattern from ravelry.com for the body of the shawl.  Then, instead of the elaborate lace trim the pattern calls for, I decided to do a simple ruffle trim instead.  I figured my yarn was busy enough without the lace edging.

First, here is one view of the completed shawl:

Now, the in-process shots.

First, I gathered up all my black and white sheep shed studio roving:

Then, into the dye pot with one little tub of Wilton's magenta dye.  I used just enough water to cover the wool (low water immersion) and did not stir the roving to evenly distribute the dye.  I wanted a nicely variegated yarn:

Then I spun the yarn.  Since I had a very limited supply of the roving, I spun my yarn as a singles.  Did not ply with anything.  I named the yarn Cherry Berry Smoothie, because I happened to make a smoothie which matched this yarn exactly.  Here's a view halfway through spinning:

Now, for the modeling shots.  My son, who is sick today, was kind enough to model for me despite running a little fever.  (Hence the Transformers pajamas and "Fever Bugz" thermometer sticker on his forehead.):

I think I must have used around 800 yards of yarn for the project.  I was cutting it close.  Here is a view of how little yarn I had left once I was done!

Whew!!  Another "whew!" is the fact that I dropped the almost-completed shawl on the sidewalk by accident while my son and I were leaving a park, and didn't notice until we'd gone over a block!  Fortunately we went back and found it.  So all in all, glad I didn't lose it on the sidewalk, and glad I snuck by with just enough yarn to do the edging I wanted.  The shawl hits me at elbow length.  I really love it.  The shape of it makes it lay on the shoulders very nicely, and it's easy to drape one side over my shoulder if desired for a little extra warmth.

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011 12:53:22 PM »

It's gorgeous!!  I love it!  Well done!

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011 01:03:45 PM »

Absolutely beautiful!!!

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2011 01:06:32 PM »

Ooh, this is very pretty!  I think you made the right call with the trim.  The ruffle shows off the yarn perfectly!

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2011 01:10:38 PM »

Love this.  the color and the shape of the shawl are just perfect.

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2011 03:40:20 PM »

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Beautiful, especially the different shades of purple! And the pattern is lovely (actually better than the original pattern  Wink)

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2011 08:13:57 PM »

Lovely! The colors are beautiful! And your model is fantastic! Especially with the pajamas, and the fever sticker!

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2011 08:26:44 PM »

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