Monday, June 23, 2008

Debut

Optic Waves Shawl was finished before our trip and made its debut in the mountains.

Cool Breeze
Moraine Park


Blocking really opened up the stitch pattern. Remember what it looked like before? Now you can actually see the "waves."

Blocked Waves

I wanted a shorter shawl, so I stopped at 23 pattern repeats instead of the recommended 27. The blocked size of my shawl is approximately 22"x64". According to the pattern, the width should have blocked out to 29". I guess my gauge was off, though I thought it was on. No matter, though. It turned out to be a nice size for me.

Optic Waves
Lake Estes


Pattern: Optic Waves Shawl by Shelia January
Source: The Knitter's Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes
Needles: US 8 (5mm)
Yarn: Brooks Farm Yarn Primero, 100% Kid Mohair
Color: Blue (MW K5)

This shawl was specifically designed to take advantage of the characteristics of Brooks Farm Yarn Primero and the pattern is easy enough for a beginning lace knitter.

One last look at the shawl and the mountains.

Enjoying the View
Moraine Park

It's too hot in June to wear a shawl in Texas, but it sure did come in handy in the Colorado high country.

20 comments:

  1. It's wonderful! The blue certainly matches those blue Colorado skies!

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  2. Very beautiful and the lakes are a perfect compliment.

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  3. It's fabulous! I am hoping to knit one myself. I have the book and have been on the look out for the perfect yarn and color. Well, we know what the color will be...green but not sure about the yarn. It's just lovely.

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  4. Lovely! You'll enjoy it come winter :)

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  5. Oh wow! That is beautiful. Blocking does it's magic, doesn't it? Great job!

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  6. It is absolutely gorgeous! Love the pic of you facing the mountains too:-) very serene.

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  7. I wish I could have met up with you at EPWM. Didn't get to go this year. Love your shawl!

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  8. That's a real beauty! The blue just fits perfectly in this setting and the pattern is delightful:~D Nice you got to wear it a bit before it waits for cooler weather in Texas.

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  9. Beautiful shawl - your are right - too hot in Texas for a shawl - weatherman says we will see 97 degrees today (Houston).

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  10. It's gorgeous! All the pictures are great, but I really like that last one. It looks like a page out of a magazine!

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  11. Beautiful, the color and the pattern. Very nice. So how long before you can use it here in Texas ;)

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  12. Oh my word! Your shawl is stunning. The mountains as a backdrop for you photo shoot was perfect!
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring me as usual!
    I'm looking forward to your next project.

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  13. It's breathtakingly lovely. I think it made its debut in the perfect environment - high up in the altitudes where it is blue and lofty and lovely. Simply spectacular.

    ; )

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  14. I love that first photo of you and your shawl. What a gorgeous FO :-)

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  15. The shawl is nice...but Moraine park holds a special spot in my past!

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  16. That is a beautiful shawl and you couldn't have chosen a better spot for modeling it!

    June in central Alabama is too hot for shawls, too, but I've knit a linen shawl and have started a cotton shawl that I think will work well for these Deep South summers.

    Still, nothing can beat the beauty and drape of your kid mohair!

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  17. The shawl is very pretty. I love the color you chose.

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  18. Lovely!!!! Gorgeous color and pattern. I need to knit a rectangular shawl--maybe once the three triangular shawls are finished. :)

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  19. Beautiful. Perfect mix of pattern and yarn! It will be nice on those days when the restaurants or stores freeze you out with their airconditioning.

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~Tracy