Monday, September 03, 2007

Interlude

I joined, I saw, Midian interpreted, I shawled.

I joined The Lacey Shawl Yahoo Group because I was interested in knitting the shawl designed by Triinu Andreassen that had been posted on the Lace Shawl KAL blog. After the group's purpose (convincing her to publish the design) was completed, members opened the group up to discussion of various shawl patterns available.

A Swiss member named Midian posted a photograph of Spitzenstricken 58, an Erich Engeln pattern pamphlet, showing two shawls. The shawls were meant to be knitted on 2mm needles and worn like scarves/collars over traditional German costumes. I asked Midian for help with interpreting the pattern, and she got right back to me! She had a friend translate it from German to French for her, then she translated from French to English for me. So, I started right away...


In only eight days, 60 grams of Colinette Parisienne laceweight mohair (colourway Castagna) was turned into Spitzenstricken 58, model A, by Erich Engeln. I knitted the shawl on 5mm needles, and it took a little less than 550 meters!

Blocking it took a heck of a lot of pins, but it did block beautifully. The washing settled the halo a bit, which was good, as it had gotten really hairy with all of the handling during knitting.


We have Tom's Grandparents here right now for a visit, and I asked Grandma to model the shawl so I could take a few photos. She looked so natural in it that I had to give it to her! Plus, she wears a lot of pale pink, and the shawl is brown and pink, with small amounts of olive/gold and black (sounds hideous, but looks gorgeous).



Next we will be making a coordinating shawl pin, and maybe a pair of earrings to match. What fun! And the best part is that while we're doing that, Tom and his parents (also visiting) are in the basement completing the repairs to get my studio up and running after the spring water leak. Boy oh boy am I looking forward to getting my yarn and fabric stashes out of storage, and back on shelves.

9 comments:

Kat said...

Wow, that is STUNNING!! Your yarn choice is perfect. I'm going to have to break down and get that pattern, I think!

Beautiful!!

LUL said...

It's beautiful! Nice job!

fleegle said...

Fabulous, my dear. I ordered the pattern and have some of that yarn in other colors, so I am off and running, thanks to you.

StringPlay said...

An absolutely gorgeous shawl. And you knit it sooo quickly! I know the new wearer must be thrilled.

Star said...

Gorgeous gorgeous !! I too bought the pattern, but can't translate it!! Could you help me please?

Gert said...

Hello,

Just beautiful! I am ordering the pattern and would also like to know if I could get the translation from you?

Gert

Lizardknits said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous! Where is the pattern available? And can I also get translation help?

Angelika said...

You don't have any german speaking friends to translate for you? Aehm. Hello. bilingual lace/whatever else knitter right here. Looks great, really.

Anonymous said...

Hi

My pattern is on it way...when i got it can i have the english version from you please ? thanks

Hellokitty165@yahoo.com