ETA: Re-posting after Dis noticed all but one of the photos had disappeared from the original post. And what good is an FO post without photos...
Well, well, well...what do we have here?
Carmelita! Can you believe it? Mim, are you in shock? This must have been the longest shawl-in-progress...ever! All my own doing, of course. I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone! Said pattern, of course, being Miriam Felton's Icarus Shawl, originally published in the Summer 2006 issue of Interweave Knits. The pattern is also available in the upcoming The Best of Interweave Knits book, and through Miriam's shop. I used Misti Alpaca Lace in 7300 Maize and US3 needles.
You may remember that I started this shawl last summer as part of The Amazing Lace...if you can remember that far back, that is. So, while this shawl was technically on the needles since last June, I would approximate the actual knitting time at around 4 months (still pretty pathetic, I know).
This was all new territory for me- my first lace project, my first shawl. And I will admit it took me longer than I anticipated for me to get into the swing of things and get my lace knitting rhythm. There were good times and bad along the way, but the journey was a great learning experience from start to finish. Even when I thought I knew what I was doing, I found mistakes along the way. Some I could live with, some I could not. I lost count of how many times I ripped and restarted this shawl and how many times I backtracked and re-knitted some sections. Once it was so bad, a friend had to rip for me. Thanks again, Julia!
Even after I was done with the knitting, it was hard to picture what I had on my hands until blocking began. Thanks to Dis and Nasus and a velour blanket at Casa Malibu for their assistance during this process. While us girls indulged ourselves silly all day on Saturday, Carmelita was busy getting her block on.
Blocking is fun! I was thrilled to see the details emerge and take shape.
This was an admittedly (and somewhat embarrassingly) frustrating process for at times, but I was determined to finish this shawl one day...even if it killed me. Especially once I saw Andrea's shawl in person, I knew mine wouldn't be in the WIP pile forever.
Thank you all for your encouragement along the way. I know it's just a little lace shawl, but it's a pretty big deal to me. Now that all is said and done, I am able to look back on the journey with fondness and a great sense of accomplishment.
The end result is so rewarding. I love this shawl. Leftover proof of mistakes and all. I'll wear it with pride.
And now, with my love of lace firmly in place, I look forward to starting my next shawl! I may or may not already have my yarn and pattern picked out...