Friday, May 02, 2008

FO: Ene's Scarf


I've wanted to make Ene's Scarf since I first bought Scarf Style a few years ago. The pattern was a great match for my 3+ balls of thrifted Scheepjes Invicta sock yarn -- I used almost every inch of the yarn, literally. The pattern was written for laceweight yarn on 4.0mm needles; I used a 4.0mm needle, too, and my shawl came out a bit bigger (68" x 35") than the original (56" x 32").


Held out full, the dimensions are a bit too Stevie Nicks, but it's a great size for wrapping:


It's not soft like merino or silk, of course, but it's not a dainty shawl, so the coarser texture of the sock yarn fits the design well, I think. It's substantial and sturdy, but still drapey. Plus it just looks awesome, if I do say so myself. The colour is perfect for its coarseness -- it's like a healthy, whole-grain shawl with lots of (wait for it...) fibre.


I'm sure my neighbours wondered what on earth I was doing twirling around all by myself in my driveway. I didn't really realize how prominent the garbage cans would be in these shots! Charming, aren't they? Anyway, A+ for Ene's Scarf -- I've already worn it out and about a couple of times, and I'm very happy with it. Plus, it's not so precious that I can't stuff it into my bag when I get somewhere and take it off. (Now I'm knitting Adamas with my Buttercream merino, which is definitely more on the precious side of shawldom.)

39 comments:

shannon said...

this just confirms my desire to make a shawl...although i will make a note to self right now: do not use black if you do not want to look like stevie nicks. :)

the dimensions are very her!

the color, not so much...which is why i love it! :)

whistlepeaknits said...

You look just like a white wing dove!





I hope people get that reference or I sound more than a little crazy.

Maria said...

Shoot! I want to start it right now!!! I was afraid it would be to small, but, duh! Use sock yarn. It's gorgeous. Enjoy it.

eSS said...

Very Beautiful !!! Congrats on a job well done !

Take Care

Michelle said...

Oh! It's gorgeous! You are just churning out the knits like crazy!

maitai said...

absolutely beautiful! i love it! i definitely like the way it looks wrapped around.

Bertha said...

Ene is gorgeous, and I LOVE that outfit!

amanda said...

omfg, it's *beautiful*! I love that it's "full of fibre", I tend to prefer my shawls/scarves that way anyway. I'm so queuing this one up. You are *such* an enabler ;)

Gudrun Johnston said...

Love your scarf and the whole ensemble...I too now want to knit more cozy lace scarves!

shannyb70 said...

What a lovely shawl! I haven't worked up my courage yet for all of the repeats involved with these...maybe one day soon! This is perfect for both casual and dressier ensembles. Stevie definitely loves her shawls (along with tons of glitter and fringe). I think you've saved yourself from that look - just don't wear it with platform boots. Not that you would.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Its gorgeous Alison! You've been getting a lot of knitting done - even with all the school work you were doing!

Leslie said...

Simply beautiful!

Laura said...

Awesome!

JustApril said...

It's very beautiful and totally you! I didn't notice the trash cans till you mentioned them, lol. Oh well, the pictures are cool.

Jessica said...

Beautiful. Ene's was one of my favorite lace knits.

Sarah said...

I'm all for seeing shawls as they were first intended to be - sturdy and practical as well as beautiful! Lovely work indeed.

alligator said...

I love the contrast between the lace and the more rustic yarn. It seems like it would be a perfect everyday sort of scarf/shawl!

dyedinthewool said...

Lovely shawl. Don't worry about the neighbours - I'm sure all knitters' neighbours think they're a bit "odd"!

melissa said...

this is stunning! no matter how you're wearing it, it look fabulous in every photo!

nicole said...

Great job, it's really beautiful.

I SO love practical, sturdy shawls, and yours is a stellar example. The heavier gauge, the neutral colour, the not-to-fussy lace pattern, it's really spot-on and perfect for everyday use.


Now I know what shawl I want to knit next!

Chris said...

It looks great - and garbage cans merely add to the gritty urban authenticity of the shoot. ;)

Virtuous said...

Luv it!!! I can't believe you did all of those shots on self timer?!?

I still love the background trash cans and all! ;op

It is wonderful that Ene is not that tender to throw in your bag! That alone is an A+ :o) Haha!

Jenny said...

I've been wanting to make that one; I love how yours turned out. I'm going to go over to Ravelry right now and love it there, too.

Jennifer Lori said...

LOL @ "white wing dove"

Ooh baby ooh baby ooh.

:)

GORGEOUS work,again, Alison!

Katie said...

Man, you have style. That whole outfit is great.

La Cabeza Grande said...

I just adore your style, Alison! Ene is perfect and you be rockin' da photo shoot.

meg said...

Wow! Gorgous! I need one, too now =)

Stacey said...

I see the green shirt!
And the knitting looks great :)

kris said...

a+ indeed! it's beautiful! i love the size of yours; mine needs a proper reblocking as it's shrunk back quite a bit from vigorous neck wrapping.

Stacey said...

oh my gosh - that is stunning! the color is beautiful!

monica said...

Your Ene's scarf is gorgeous! I love the color of yours. And I think it matches the garbage cans very nicely. I have one in my long long queue.

kgirl said...

i had a giggle at the Stevie Nicks reference, then I read Whistlepea's comment and *snorted*!


just like a white wing dove, sings a song sounds like she's cooing...

hoo, hoo, hoo....

great scarf.

Lolly said...

this has been in my queue for years... and your version is quite beautiful. I think it looks great all wrapped up like that around the neck and shoulders. Yeah, I might need one of these sooner than later...

yaiAnn said...

It looks awesome and I love its wholesome goodness!

Anonymous said...

Well done!

Love it!
Beth (big geek)

sydney said...

It's beautiful! I like shawls made with a sturdy yarn. And hey every shawl photo shoot needs trashcans in the background. ;)

Thalia said...

It's gorgeous!

Alright, I'm going to have to harass my aunt who has this book, and try it out. What was the yardage you used?

Octopus Knits said...

It's really lovely!

Dr. Steph said...

It's great. Nice job. I figure my neighbours think I'm nuts since I'm always taking pictures of myself or yarn. They probably think I'm nuts for other reasons too so I'm cultivating that.