Monday, May 21, 2007

The Invisibility Shawls

Ah, rhythmic, easy lace. Just the ticket when life pulls you in ten different ways. Pick it up, talk, think, put it down.

Pattern: Invisibility Shawl by Kerrie Allman in Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel. A shawl is usually a triangle or a circle or half-circle, right? This pattern is a long rectangle, making it really a stole. Pattern correction: Row 4 is a repeat of Row 2.

Take 1: The not-that-diaphanous Skacel mohair blend. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Still on the needles, not blocked, yet lovely all the same.

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Most of the beagle is not visible. You see that the shawl actually does work.

Take 2: Pearlescent, scrumptious Sea Silk from Hand Maiden, 70% silk, 30% Seacell (a cellulose-based fiber from seaweed). People, the stuff actually glows, as in radiates light. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

More diaphanous than the mohair, less so than the laceweight cashmere the pattern calls for. But look at it glow, as demonstrated by the ball of Sea Silk in Walter's claw. I just don't think this little number is destined to be all that "invisible". Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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