On the weekend, I finished a shawl that’s been a delightful knit from the first stitch to the last. It was a combination of the pattern and the yarn really – a winning marriage in any knitter’s book.
Here, after a very short gestation period (for me anyway, shawls do sometimes drag on a bit) is my Brangian shawl. It’s a design by Australian blogger, author and now designer, Bronwyn Parry. She knit-blogs as Yarnosophy. A few of us had the chance to meet Bronwyn recently, a Canberran from way back, when she was in town visiting family and so came along to a lunch time knitting group. Wonderful!
So, the shawl. It’s a lovely design. Simple, intuitive (but not so much so that I didn’t still screw up along the way, more through lack of focus than anything else!) and it’s like other shawls of its ilk in that you can modify the size by mixing and matching the charts. In the end i went with the large size stocking stitch section, worried I might not have enough yarn, and moved to the medium size for the lace part. Turns out I probably did have enough yarn but as it’s end up a not insubstantially sized shawl, I’m happy.
The blocking, as always, was magical.
The yarn, which is Knitters Addiction cashmere, was stunning. I bought it during a sale at Knitters Addiction last year. It’s their 4ply cashmere and the colour is Hanoi Grey. I love grey but sometimes worry that as a project, I’ll get bored with it. I never do although by the end I’m usually looking forward to something bright or warm just by way of contrast. This stuff is smooth, springy and gives amazing definition.
You can’t see it in the photos but after washing, the totally smooth yarn bloomed ever so slightly, developing just a hint of halo. It was a lovely surprise and I think it will make the shawl warmer than I anticipated, which is no bad thing.
In the end I used about 480 yards and have got a larger shawl than I expected. It was so tiny when it came off the needles. We all know that lace grows once blocked but I really thought this one was going to be not much bigger than a kerchief. My shawl did me proud and now takes place in my growing collection of triangular shawls as one of the bigger ones – not as big as my Icarus, but a very good size.
So thanks for your wonderful pattern, Bronwyn. I loved every stitch!