My impatience got the better of me; when the sun came out for five minutes this afternoon, I clothespinned my shawl to the living room curtain and took a few pictures.
I'm pleased with the finished shawl. The pattern is clear and straightforward; I didn't change a thing. The yarn (Yarn Chef Buttercream merino) thrilled me from beginning to end, and I imagine I'll get some more sometime. Love it. And this is about as variegated as I'd want to get with a lace shawl.
I did try to model it for you, but there just really wasn't enough light. Here's the best one of those shots:
That's about all I have to say about that. One of these days when I'm wearing this shawl, I'll take a photo so you can see it in action. But, you know, I'm going to scrunch it up and wrap it around my neck like a scarf, and it will get stretched out and soft, and it might not look as pretty in a photo, but it will be a beautiful thing.
I used about 80 grams of yarn for this shawl, and it's a biggie: about six feet across the top and three feet deep at the point. So I have 20 grams left, which is about 176 yards, give or take a dozen yards. If you've knit a few shawls, you probably have small amounts of laceweight yarn left over, too. (I have a little over 100 yards of Zephyr wool-silk left from my Swallowtail Shawl, as well.) You've probably wondered, as I have, what to do with it. If so, and if you're on Ravelry, allow me to direct your attention to this mini lace triangle, made with just 94 yards of laceweight merino. So cute! (Sorry, non-Ravelers; the knitter's blog is here, but she hasn't posted about the mini shawl -- not yet, anyway.)
And here's what I'm thinking. I don't want to organize a big thing, but if there are a few lace knitters out there who have about 100 yards of laceweight lying around, shall we have a little trade? And then we can knit little neck triangles? I think it would be a fun way to try a new yarn and to use up some leftovers. OK, I'm making this up as I go along, but how about this: if you'd like to be part of a Laceweight Leftovers trade, send me an e-mail (brainylady[at]hotmail[dot]com) over the weekend, with "mini-shawl yarn swap" in the subject line. (You can leave a comment, of course, but stupid Blogger won't give me your e-mail address and I'd want to be able to reply.) Depending on the level of interest, I'll figure out the details for a wee swap-ola.
(Please note: This would in no way be a Big Deal! Leftovers only! No buying new stuff allowed! None of that swap-insanity where people spend a gazillion dollars adding extra shit to a package of yarn!! In fact, the amount of yarn should be small enough that it could be smushed and flattened and stuffed into a pretty small envelope for a reasonable amount of postage.)