Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A New Shawl

For the past several years, I have attended Myrna Stahman's annual lace knitting retreat. A week of lace knitting — how good is that! I have made some good friends and learned a lot. This shawl, in a way, represents how much I enjoy the retreat and the esteem in which I hold my fellow lace knitters.

Those of you, dear readers, who are familiar with Myrna's book Stahman's Shawls & Scarves  recognize the pattern as Marialis, a.k.a., feather and fan. Marialis is Myrna's sister, and a regular at the retreat.

The yarn was dyed by retreat attendee Patti, who produces and dyes yarn in her studio in The Dalles, Oregon, for the 10th retreat. The colorway represents the landscape of the facility where the retreat is held, with the trees, roses, blue sky, and so forth.

As to the details, I knit the shawl on US4 needles. The lace weight merino yarn weighs in at 340 yards per 1.8 ounces. I used almost four skeins, about 1,200 yards. I made version B, variation 1. The finished back neck length is about 26 inches. And, yes, the feather-and-fan does its cupping thing as the pattern grows. And I don't care.


joan said...

Beautiful photo and even prettier in person!

Anonymous said...

it's lovely!

Anonymous said...

What a perfectly suited pattern for that yarn! It looks like Florentine marbled paper- so beautiful!