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November 02, 2006

The Icarus, she is done!

This has been the hardest shawl I've ever had to photograph. It came out blurry, then it was too dark. It's taken 3 days to get a half decent shot.

Specs: "Icarus" from Interweave Knits Summer 2006, Designed by Miriam of Mimknits
Yarn: Misti Baby Alpaca in Black, purchased from The Knitting Zone
Needles: 3.5mm Addi Natura bamboo circ, from STYK
Pattern Modifications:
I left out on full repeat of Chart 1, because I was fairly certain I would have run out of yarn otherwise. I did have yarn leftover, but I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have made it if I'd done that last repeat. I'm happy with the finished size, regardless. It's 77cm (30.5") down the centre back, and 155cm (62") across the wingspan.
It's an easier lace pattern than I would normally do, and those endless repeats of chart one nearly drove me insane, so much so that it got put aside for a good while in the middle of knitting it. Once I moved on to Chart 2 though, I loved it.
I also really enjoyed working wtht he Misti Baby Alpaca.
Now back to the purple blob!

Posted by Donna at November 2, 2006 10:09 AM


Gorgeous, beautiful work as always.

Posted by: Sue at November 2, 2006 10:44 AM

have always love your lace shawls!! hopefully, i'll be able to make one for mylelf one day!! if i can knit lace!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Michelle at November 2, 2006 12:57 PM

GEE-ORGEOUS! Love it! The one thing keeping me from doing it is the boring center panel. Maybe I will just have to work past it. Now I really do need to get that Misti Alpaca they had in Florida. Wonder if my Mom is headed that way before coming home?

Posted by: Chris at November 2, 2006 01:27 PM

Oh, it is lovely. I think it is a bit Halloweeny: not scary, but sexy vampiress!!!

Posted by: 2paw at November 2, 2006 01:40 PM

love it!

Posted by: Meaghan at November 2, 2006 03:34 PM

It's stunning,
congrats on the photos.

Posted by: Lindy at November 2, 2006 08:19 PM

Huge round of applause from Vermont!

Posted by: jessie at November 2, 2006 09:00 PM

oh my! icarus is absolutely knock out stunning! you must be thrilled!

donna, you should live in melbourne. black is always the new black in melbourne!

Posted by: jacqueline at November 2, 2006 10:43 PM

It really is beautiful Donna. Where will you wear it first?

Posted by: Helen at November 2, 2006 10:44 PM

Fabulous! I need to look at the pattern again.

Posted by: Marina at November 2, 2006 10:46 PM

The posted pictures turned out great, well the shawl too, of course. I've got some Misty Baby Alpaca on a greenish color. Not sure yet what to do with it.

Posted by: Monika at November 2, 2006 10:59 PM

Very pretty...it's on my list of possibilities... :)

Posted by: Kathleen at November 2, 2006 11:12 PM

She's really beautiful!

Posted by: wool winder at November 2, 2006 11:44 PM

Beautiful shawl! I've noticed that is kind of a bad thing about knitting, once you start doing really intricate stuff it's hard to go back to easier stuff without being bored!

Posted by: lobstah at November 3, 2006 12:35 AM

I love this yarn too! Sometimes the repeats can get really mindless and easy but it can become boring when it goes on forever. Since Icarus is black, I bet it will go with lots of things!

Posted by: Evelyn at November 3, 2006 07:48 AM

Beautiful. :)

Posted by: Samantha at November 3, 2006 08:17 AM

Its a beautiful pattern. I love your Icarus. =) It looks really pretty on your sofa!

Posted by: kessa at November 3, 2006 05:35 PM

I've been a bit behind in my blogs, but have sat here this morning just in awe of your beautiful photos. The sweet doll is precious -- have you found your supplies for her yet? I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress on her!

Congratulations on the sock and most especially on Icarus! I would say a celebration is in order, but it looks like you have already found your present, the lovely Jo Sharp book and lavender yarn!!! You always have something beautiful on those needles. :)

Have you picked out some new wool for your poor beloved's new socks?

Posted by: Debby at November 4, 2006 12:46 AM

It's beautimous!!!!

Posted by: monica at November 4, 2006 06:08 AM

It is beautiful. I love it!

Posted by: Wanda at November 4, 2006 11:00 AM

Beautiful Icarus. Lovely work. How do you do your blocking? I have a birch shawl that is waiting for me to figure this out!

Posted by: thepurler at November 4, 2006 07:42 PM

Oh wow that is gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job with it..


Posted by: Katt Walker at November 4, 2006 07:50 PM

Icarus looks incredible in black. Great work!

Posted by: Kimberly at November 5, 2006 01:54 AM

I LOVe this shawl in black! Misti baby alpaca is wonderful stuff.... :-)!

Posted by: Kim at November 5, 2006 11:00 PM

Love it! Great job on blocking all the points. I always find that part to be the hardest - keeping them even.

Posted by: jae at November 6, 2006 03:03 AM

wow. i keep picking mine up and putting it back down. the "mindless" part was such a breeze, and so quick. i haven't been knitting much on final chart because i can't have a conversation or watch a movie or even listen to npr!
i should finish it though ... so i can start another shawl.
the black is lovely ....

Posted by: gray la gran at November 6, 2006 08:09 AM

Icarus looks wonderful. And black goes with everything so you'll get a lot of use out of it. Great job!

Posted by: Diane at November 9, 2006 04:54 AM

Nice shawl. Motivated me to take my icarus of the shawl.

Posted by: bluey at November 10, 2006 01:54 PM