Pattern: "A Knitted Veil in Pyrenees Wool" from Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
Needles: Size 4 (US) Addi lace needles. I've mentioned before and I'll say it again - I love these needles.
Yarn: Almost an entire skein (1250 yards) of Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace in a beautiful chocolate brown. The colour actually started to bleed a bit while I was soaking it pre-blocking, so I treated it with clear vinegar and now everything is back to normal.
Dimensions: Per my client's request, I added two extra repeats in length to the pattern. I forgot to actually measure the final dimensions, but as you'll see from the pictures, it stretches a tiny little bit further than the diagonal of my queen-size bed.
Started: December 2007
Finished: June 23, 2008 (I took a three-month pause to make a baby blanket in the middle of this project.)
Blocking: Blocking wires are awesome. I just stuck them through the points of the edging, pinned everything out, and then spun on my spinning wheel for about three hours while everything dried. Simple as pie.
While working on the project I actually didn't like it, as it was mindlessly boring and repetitive once I memorized the (simple) pattern repeat. But then I blocked it and took one good look at it and fell completely in love. Would I do it again? Probably not for myself (althoug possibly as a commission). Would I recommend it to someone else? Hell yes.
(This is the first project I've done from that book where I didn't either find something or the errata page or email the publisher with an error I'd found myself. Yay!)
Here's the shawl blocking out across my bed. As you can see, one corner was a liiittle bit too long and went off the edge, so after taking photos I moved a chair over and pinned it on that to keep it from being uneven.
A closer photo of the pattern and edging while the whole thing blocks on my gorgeous Target towels.
My friend, the lovely and talented gypsymila, modelling the shawl for me outside my yarn store. (My client does not want to have photos of herself all over the internet.)
Another action shot from behind.
A close-up of the diamond edging.
Super close-up picture of the stitch pattern. I actually really love this picture - I'm almost tempted to make it my background on my work computer, except I like the one I already have too much.
And finally, a gratuitous artsy-fartsy shot that I really liked and felt like sharing.
I hope you enjoyed my photos! ((Oh, and if you leave a question and I don't respond right away, please don't take it personally. My internet connection at home has been flakey recently and I'm not sure if they've fixed it yet.))