Sunday, February 26, 2006

SHAWL

After milling around Balboa Park a bit this afternoon, we got a few shots that came out, but quite a few that really didn't show off the beauty that is SHAWL. Here are a couple of my favorites (well, my favorites that didn't make my bum look totally weird):

To recap: the pattern is called the Adamas Shawl by Miriam Felton (available through KnitPicks). However, please check out Miriam's blog here so you can see her other beautiful patterns and craftiness. Miriam has been very supportive throughout this process and for that - thank you!! The pattern was great for a first attempt at lace because you always found your mistakes quickly, which made them very easy to fix. So, even though SHAWL isn't perfect, you can hardly tell it isn't.
I used under 2 hanks of KnitPicks Shadow in Vineyard. The yarn was great to work with and you can't beat the price. This whole project ran under $10! I think I even have enough left over for a lace scarf or something of a similar size.

As for impressions of the Olympics overall, I had a great time! I think I picked a perfect project for me. It was challenging and if I had let myself get behind, there's no way I could have finished on time. There were a lot of firsts with this project as well - first time using lace weight yarn, first shawl, first lace blocking, and first time using so many gosh darn stitch markers. And I finished just in time. I also learned that I can go 16 days without napping - although that was the first thing I did as soon as I finished knitting yesterday (Jenny was very happy about that by the way).

Thank you everyone for all the well wishes throughout this process. For the Yarn Harlot for thinking this crazy thing up. For Miriam for designing such a great pattern and for being there for me. For my girls for their friendship, support and who helped me stay on track throughout our Stitches weekend. And for the Stitchin Sheep who woke me up yesterday morning so I could finish my knitting on time! Thank you!!

Would I do it again? Hmmm...definitely!

13 comments:

Chris said...

Congratulations!! It looks great. :)

Theresa said...

I want to be in Balboa Park! (And I will be - in June.) In the meantime, we were outside taking Closing Ceremonies photos in 22 degree (and windy) weather - a real sacrifice for my teammates in their t-shirts and shawls!

Looks fabulous - congratulations!

Jennifer said...

It's gorgeous! Congratulations.

Nonnahs said...

Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Congratulations! I knew you could do it! Shawl looks exquisite! I'm sure your grandma will love it! :) I wish I could see it in person...

Gold medalists: can you believe it?? Next time, we'll be sure to get Nasus involved in the madness!

Jeanette said...

Your shawl is beaufiful, your grandmother is very lucky. Will you make a shawl for yourself now?

christine said...

Those are such wonderful pictures! And for your first lace knitting, your shawl is perfection! I love the color!
Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miriam said...

YAY! It's beautiful! I LOVE Balboa park! I didn't realize you were in San Diego. It's my second home! My grandma lives in Point Loma and my mom was raised there. I've spent many many summers running around San Diego. And thanks for the link, and you're totally welcome for the pattern and the support. I actually made 2 adamas shawls from 3 hanks, so there should be plenty for a scarf.

Julia said...

Congrats! It's beautiful!

Carrie K said...

The shawl looks great! It's your first attempt at lace? Awesome!

Balboa Park! Cool.

Stephanie said...

I can't believe I'm writing this, but it was fun wasn't it?
Your shawl is wonderful.
Contgratulations.

Melissa said...

it really came out great... good job! Your photos came out great, too. Balboa park is so beautiful

Secret Pal said...

Congrats on making your deadline in the olympics. I didn't take part but seems so many did and most of them managed to finish in time :)

Nasus said...

Utsukushii! (beautiful~! the model and the shawl!) :)