Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Find Your Fade Shawl

Ten weeks...that's how long it took me to make this shawl. Now granted, I also finished two pair of socks in that same time period, but I think it's safe to say, "This shawl took forever!"

I took the shawl with us on our recent weekend away hoping that I would be able to get some good photos of it. I also snapped a lot of photos of the local flowers.

The shawl is very large. This photo shows my favorite sequence in the yarns I used. 

The lavendar smelled heavenly and was so pretty in bloom.

Wisteria is one of my favorite blooms. I am always amazed at how high it grows and how thick the trunk of the plant can get. I've heard it can thrive for decades and decades.

When choosing the yarn for this shawl I was very impatient, so I started with a dark charcoal that I had in my stash and then would shop for each new yarn as I needed it. Bad decision! I had a hard time finding yarn to fade according to the pattern directions, so after the second yarn I changed directions in my idea of where to take the colors. Instead of going from charcoal to grey to white, I introduced burgundy, pinks and purples.

The flowers in Cambria were the perfect backdrop to my shawl. I ended up really liking the color combination and the way each yarn melted into the next.

I think I might plant some of these plants in my garden. I first need to find out what they are called. I'll be making a trip to the garden center this week.

This shawl is another finish on my first quarter Finish Along list.

Capitola Quilter

Yarns used:
1. Madelinetosh 100% Superwash Merino color Dirty Panther
2. The second segment...I can't find the tag
3. Spun Right Round 80% Superwash Merino wool 20% Nylon color Naughty or Nice
4. Madelinetosh 100% Superwash Merino wool color Tosh Loves Stephen
5. BAAH La Jolla 100% Superwash Merino wool color Rose Bouquet
6. Malabrigo Superwash Merino wool color Violeta Africana
7. House of A La Mode Bangin' Cash Sock 80% Superwash Merino wool 10% Cashmere 10% Nylon color Midnight's Moon
8. BAAH Sonoma 100% Superwash Merino wool color S"Mores

Needles: Addi Turbo 32" circular size 6
Finished size: 107" tip to tip and 27" from the point to the top of the shawl.


Debbie said...

Your shawl is lovely! Congrats on your FAL finish! Enjoyed your flower pics too...

Susan Snooks said...

Lovely shawl and fabulous flowers too! I love the dark burgundy border and the way the colours change across the width of the shawl! I hope you get weather cold enough to get plenty of wear from it! I recognise a thistle and an echium amongst your photo garden! They are commonly used in English cottage gardens!

CitricSugar said...

It's a thistle that you're looking for. They come in many varieties and are sometimes considered a weed. National flower of Scotland. Pretty, prickly, and tough as nails!

cheeky monkey said...

Great that you changed to colors. It is so beautiful!

DeeDee said...

Your shawl is gorgeous! I love Find Your Fade, but I don't know if I have the patience to finish it. The colors you picked are fantastic.

Geri said...

It's so gorgeous as are all the photo pics. The Echium grows wild around our house - I want to plant some too

Robby said...

What a beautiful shawl! I find the trickiest part of those gorgeous colorful shawls is picking the colors. Somehow, it feels so much more important and challenging than for a quilt. I think because you have to really knit a bit to decide if you like the new color and in quilting it's a bit more efficient to rip something out and redo. Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. You, of course, need no such story for this lovely shawl.

Nicky said...

I love the colours you chose Di! Great combination and you are right the flowers do for a perfect backdrop. Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2017 global FAL hosts.