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kaz

Heirloom Shawl

Our son Rob and his fiancee Jen are getting married on September 14th  and I offered to knit Jen a wedding stole or shawl to wear in the evening. She took me up on my offer and has chosen an Heirloom Shawl pattern that was published in the Centenary edition of the Woman's Weekly (that a member of another forum kindly donated to me). - I will try to scan the picture so that you can get an idea of what it will be like.

150g of ultra cobweb yarn arrived today from the Shetland Isles - 50% lambswool and 50% Shetland wool, spun in the Shetland Isles.

I'm dying to get started but I am away from home tonight and then have a busy weekend planned...........I will keep you informed of my progress
WhatCameFirst

 1 ply!!  My sister in law is good at that sort of thing (she's a lacemaker at heart), but 4ply is about my limit.  Can't wait to see a picture!
kaz

4 ply is the thinnest that I have used before and I have never attempted lace - I think that I will be using lifelines
Rena

Ooooooo!!! Exciting!!

If you can, grab some inexpensive crochet thread (size 10~At least that is what my thread wraper sizes it as. I can try for a photo if you'd like). Then set to practising some stitches. Will give you a 'feel' for it, before you are using the really *good* stuff.

Looking forward to seeing a photo!
kat_lewis

oh, I wish you well    I would be interested in seeing the pattern. I have inherited and been given the patterns my MIL used when knitting for OH and from friends, but nothing that is that old.  I love just looking at the patterns   I understand the feeling that you need to use lifelines and for something like this I whole heartedly agree.
I can only imagine the love that is going to knitted into this shawl and the appreciation with which it will be received.
kaz

I only have the pattern that was published in the magazine so I don't even know exactly what it is going to look like finished

This is a scan of the 1st page of the pattern



The yarn arrived yesterday so I can make a start on it this weekend

kat_lewis

Looks like you will be having fun    
sapphire

Look forward to seeing the end result  
lilwitedogs

That is going to be lovely, kaz!  What a wonderful gift.  
Rena

That is going to be SO AMAZING!!!! So looking forward to seeing it as you go and when it is finished. Truly Wonderful.
kaz

Change of plan
A member of the knitting forum (Phoenix) posted a link for me as to what the finished article looks like - I knew instantly that it would not be what Jen wanted and she agreed when she saw it
We have decided on another pattern but............it is another Shetland Heirloom shawl with a known history and the pattern has been recreated by members of the Ravelry Knitting Community (and it looks even more complex than the original shawl )

Here is a link to the pattern - you can read a bit about the history on the link or download the free pattern to get the full history - you won't be able to view it unless you join Ravelry and I warn you now that once joined it is very addictive

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-williamson-stole


Now that you've joined Ravelry    here is a link to the original that we have discounted.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/christina-1/wedding-ring-shawl
kat_lewis

ravelry, what's ravelry ? Nothing addictive about knitting groups, patterns or wool  

the new one looks very interesting and beautiful  
WhatCameFirst

That looks amazing.   Definitely lifelines though!  
kaz

Wow - what a learning curve
It doesn't help that I have leapt straight into Shetland Lace Knitting with 1 ply wool rather than going for something more basic.............but it's a challenge!

I've learnt how to do a provisional cast on, joined the Heirloom Knitting group on Ravelry; bought the Heirloom lace book by Sharon Miller and have just ordered a Fleegle needle from America so that I can more easily use lifelines.

I have quite quickly realised that lace is just a concept of motifs that can be played around with - I've already narrowed my stole from 211 stitches to 170 which makes it more of the stole that Jen wants rather than a shawl and it should guarantee that I have enough wool purchased for the project - no one knows how much wool the Williamson shawl takes because the full pattern was only released this March and no-one has finished it yet
NZPOME

Croikey!!  
kat_lewis

It sounds like you are having 'fun'   I read the information that went with the link you posted ..... wow. Yours will be unique and made soley with the person in mind a great gift  
colour it green

oh I like the look of the new one - yes - lovely.
Rena

Maybe post photos of your progress? (I cannot join the forum through my phone...so cannot see the pattern you are working on )

From all the comments, it sounds beautiful though.
kaz

It's started
I have completed the first motif of the border which is the flower motif.



The stole measures 50cm wide at the moment but it will 'grow' once it is blocked (or dressed as you say with shetland Shawls) and there will be edging all the way around as well.

This is a close-up of one of (the 6) flower motifs.

Rena

Kaz!! That's beautiful already!!!! Thank you So much for sharing~looking really forward to seeing your progress! Very, Very(!!) Nice!!
kat_lewis

oh wow brilliant    you must be very pleased with how it is going    Very profficient  
kaz

I have just completed the large diamond motif for the border I am learning that the lace patterns knitted with very fine yarn are very forgiving when the stitch count doesn't quite add up at the end of a pattern repeat

Grandma Bodger

it looks brilliant looking forward to seeing the finished article  
kaz

Grandma Bodger wrote:
it looks brilliant looking forward to seeing the finished article  


You will actually get to see it at the wedding
12Bore

That's bdooly impressive Kaz!
conundrum

Kaz, that is just beautiful, how clever are you!!!
NZPOME

Ohh Kaz! Great work and what a wonderful gift that is going to be, one to be treasured that's for sure  
Rena

SO Incredibly Beautiful Kaz!!!!! Wonderful work you've done there!!! Way to go!
kat_lewis

That is beautiful Kaz way to go.
The good thing about it is only you will know where your unique design moments are  
kaz

kat_lewis wrote:

The good thing about it is only you will know where your unique design moments are  


I know
Wilder

It looks beautiful and I really admire your courage and patience!  But, can someone please tell me what a lifeline is?
WhatCameFirst

It's beautiful Kaz.  

I thought about you on Saturday when I was at Wonderwool at Builth Wells. There were similar shawls done in cobweb weight yarn and I just marvel at the amount of work involved.  
kaz

Wilder wrote:
But, can someone please tell me what a lifeline is?


A lifeline is a piece of thread/cotton/dental floss/whatever, that you thread through your loops, so that when you knit past that point,  if you make a mistake you can if necessary take it back to your lifeline which saves all your stitches - I'm putting one in every 10 rows.
Mo

It is looking wonderful, Kaz  

I've never heard of lifelines   Someone mucked up my education   It's something I shall certainly use, thanks!
Wilder

Well, I learn something new almost every day!  What a good idea to use a lifeline.  Thank you for the tip - one which I will certainly be using in future.
Rena

Wilder wrote:
Well, I learn something new almost every day!  What a good idea to use a lifeline.  Thank you for the tip - one which I will certainly be using in future.


Same here!!
mrs tiggywinkle

Its AMAZING!! I'm lucky enough to see the shawl up close and believe me its as impressive as it looks, if not better.
 cant wait to see the finished article.
kat_lewis

If you want to take your knitting on a plane like I do when going over to america   (some airlines let you, it depends on the jobsworth in security) I always put a lifeline in and use needles I don't mind having confiscated. That way if you get told no the needles they can be whipped out and the knitting left intact  
kaz

That's a good idea Kat - I think that different airlines will tell you their policy on knitting needles if you ask.

The stole is growing........



I've completed 'the strawberries', hexagon pattern and the Peerie Flea since the last photo. The hexagon and Peerie Flea are the central pattern and need to be repeated to whatever length I want then add another border and the edging

NZPOME

Kaz that's just stunning  
lilwitedogs

kaz, that is beautiful!  And you are making such progress with it.
WhatCameFirst

It's beautiful!
kat_lewis

Kaz the work needed for that is fantastic    it is coming along very quickly  
I have found that even if you ask the airlines the policy when you are going through security does not always correspond.......... and I find it easier to nod and agree when dealing with them there folks  
kaz

Half way there............well, at least halfway through the centre panel then only yards of edging to do

Jen wants the stole to measure about 5 foot (we tested the length with a tape meaure draped around her shoulders ). I don't know how much length will be added when I 'dress' or block the stole so I dry-pinned it out today and I would consider it to be at the halfway mark  - so, just the same again then!

Rena

SO AMAZING! You are doing such a Wonderful job!

How are you liking working with the 'finer' thread, so far?
colour it green

it's looking really lovely  
kaz

Rena wrote:


How are you liking working with the 'finer' thread, so far?


It just feels normal although it's a mix of lambswool and shetland wool and the thickness varies, at times the ply gets amazingly thin - scary

I'm using 2.25mm needles which I usually use for 4 ply socks so it's not too muck of a shock to the system.

The differnce will come when I get back to knitting with double knitting or thicker
Rena

Those thinly spun sections of thread always make me hold my breath a bit!

kaz wrote:

The differnce will come when I get back to knitting with double knitting or thicker


Ya...that will be 'fun'! I don't use worsted weight in crochet anymore as it is "too thick" lol

You are doing such a fabulous job! I actually have never seen a knitting project like it before~so am enjoying this immensely!
kaz

[quote="Rena:297982"]Those thinly spun sections of thread always make me hold my breath a bit!

Apparently, the fact that the stole is knitted in garter stitch gives it strength iand the characteristics of the shetland wool means that when I wash and dress the stole, the washing process binds some of the fibres together as well (I think it said that the yarn overs get stronger but I'll have to find that pearl of information again).
WhatCameFirst

Wow!  It's fantastic Kaz.. and you're doing it so quickly!  
Rena

That's very interesting Kaz! I never thought about the fiber aspect~but should have.
Rena

How is coming along, Kaz?
Grandma Bodger

I did see the shawl when I was over on Friday its fabulous what a clever daughter in law ive got it will be something to treasure for ever  
kaz

It's fighting back at the moment
I've finished the centre panel and I'm doing the 2nd border which has to be grafted on.
I thought that the border was difficult the first time around because it was all so new but no.......it's just 'difficult'
It didn't help that I found 2 dropped stitches caught 8 rows down on a lifeline and had to pull it back to the lifeline, pick up the 164 stitches and try to make sense of the pattern again.





It looks like a dishrag until it is washed and 'dressed' when finished.
It measures about 4 foot at the moment but should dress out to past 5 foot which is the length that Jen wants.
Oh well, soon time to start the edging (and HOW many days left until the wedding?)
kat_lewis

Kaz that looks great     I feel for you when you said you had to rip back to the lifeline    The finshed shawl will be superb and well worth the wrestle with the 'difficult' pattern  
Rena

OH!!! It is So Beautiful! And yes, my heart sank to hear the needed 'pull out'....can so relate.

In the end it is going to be SO Amazing! Thank you for the update...and remember, you will finish it just beautifully and in plenty of time!
kaz

I've grafted the two sections together now and Jen swears that she can't see the join (I can but I know where to look).

Only the edge to do now..................

Digindeep

It looks amazing now, full credit to you Kaz....  
12Bore

Wow! Well done
Rena

Soooooo Beautiful!!! Wonderful work there. <3 What a treasure. Def looking forward to seeing the border added! Way to go!
kat_lewis

You are on the final stretch now Kaz. It will be fantastic when finished  
kaz

After a few false starts    the edging is on the way!





I have invested in a knitting tally counter to click count the rows and it is my favourite gadget so far.
kat_lewis

Looking good    
sandrar

It's beautiful ! I have total admiration for everyone who is so talented.
12Bore

I may have said this before, but WOW!
Rena

Kaz! It's SO Beautiful!!!!!!

I hope you are planning on posting photos when she wears it!

Sooooo close to being done! What a great gift!!

kaz wrote:
......I have invested in a knitting tally counter to click count the rows and it is my favourite gadget so far.


Isn't it GREAT?! I love mine!
colour it green

really lovely
mrs tiggywinkle

Lucky enough to see the shawl in person!!!!! its even more amazing when in front of you. Well done Kaz.
WhatCameFirst

I can't believe how quickly you've done this Kaz!  It's beautiful.
lilwitedogs

Kaz, that is just gorgeous!
kaz

The last row!

I now only have to take out the (pink) waste yarn from the provisional cast on so that the cast on stitches are live again and then I have to kitchner stitch the beginning and end together.




Then I have to find some mild soap to wash it with and block it to it's final shape and size - more photos to follow.
Rena

Oh Kaz! It's Wonderful!!!! Your future daughter in law has to be beyond pleased with it! You've done an amazing work~truly amazing. I absolutely love it~what a treasure. <3

Looking forward to future photos.
sod

That is fantastic
NZPOME

So beautiful, and what a wonderful gift to treasure forever  
kaz

Ta daaaaa.............. washed and dressed!
It was easier to 'dress' than I expected (helped by the geometric design of the quilt cover that I used).
There is one small problem on one of the spikes of the border where a stitch has either been dropped or the thread has broken but I will be able to sort that out when it is all dry. There are probably a lot of other 'variations' to the pattern throughout the stole but luckily even I would have to search to find them.  




Rena

Oh Kaz!! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

No worries with any 'imperfections' either....I've gotten used to (sorta... ) having 'deviations' from original patterns, and have (instead of fretting), began accepting them to be what has made an item 'it's own' and very much heirloom for my family.

You have done an amazing job and can only imagine the excitement you must be feeling right now!

Well Done!!! Well Done!!! <3
12Bore

Beyond brilliant, well done!
Digindeep

Well done its is truelly beautiful..    
Mo

That's beautiful Kaz!
WhatCameFirst

That is fantastic!!  Absolutely beautiful, and a real treasure.  
kaz

It just looks and feels so much better now that it is washed and stretched to shape.
I have picked up what turned out to be a dropped stitch on the border   and even I will have to search where it was before.
The next picture should be the wedding pictures which will be exactly a month today
kat_lewis

Kaz it is fantastic    all the work has been well worth it. She is a very lucky girl to have this for her wedding day  

Looking forward to the photos  
Mari wen

Is it rude to ask how you're getting on? Sounds like a wonderful project but oh, so daunting as well. Stole instead of a full shawl was a very good move ...
kaz

Hi Mari Wen - if you go back a page on this thread you will see the finished article.
Pictures don't really do it justice - it is so light and soft and flimsy since it has been washed and dressed.
Here is another picture with a better background than the multi-coloured quilt





It's nice to have another crafty person on OTG
Mari wen

That's stunning, a real treasure. Sorry I didn't scroll to get to it before. Only just getting the hang of this site. And no, I'm afraid I have to confess to being a fraud. I'm not really crafty, I just like to line up the possibilities but seldom actually create anything. I love to see the work of others, though. Thanks for posting pictures a second time.
sandrar

WOW !!!
kaz

The next pictures will be of Jen wearing the shawl at her wedding next weekend.
kat_lewis

 
Rena

kaz wrote:
The next pictures will be of Jen wearing the shawl at her wedding next weekend.


I was just wondering how soon it was!!! How exciting!

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