Thursday, January 11, 2018

Abalone Shawl, Comfort for Karen, Part Three

I needed a break from knitting socks and after seeing all the beautiful shawls my friend, Krista, has been making lately, I decided to change it up and knit a shawl. I loved the lacy look of the Abalone Shawl and it had the benefit of being a free pattern on Ravelry. *

abalone shawl, knitting,

I wanted to make this shawl for my friend  Karen, who will be receiving experimental treatment for Lymphoma in a few weeks. This is her third recurrence of this ugly disease. When she was first diagnosed I made her a quilt. When the cancer returned 15 months later, I made her a pair of socks.  Now that this horrible disease has returned a third time I sent this shawl off to her saying, "I DO NOT want to make you any more comfort items." The next thing I want to send her will be in celebration that she is cured, once and for all.

This shawl is a nice size measuring, approximately, 80" across from point to point and 18" at the widest place in the back.

I like this pattern because it only  uses one skein of lace weight yarn plus the contrasting yarn for the lacy stripes. Since I used sock weight yarn I ran short but managed to make it work.

Unfortunately, I could tell I was going to run out of both the green yarn and the aqua I used for the lace stripes. as I was getting close to the last section. Lucky for me that I am a "make do" kind of knitter and I had a few yards left of a gorgeous sea blue that I used to finish the green portions and a slightly lighter aqua finished the lace.

The shawl really came to life after I blocked it. All the lacy bits opened up and the fabric took on a beautiful, smooth texture, showing off the variegated colors in the yarn.

Miss Martha made a willing model...can you tell she's smiling with her eyes?

Shawl Stats
Yarn: Rowan Fine Art hand painted sock yarn
          Made with Merino Wool, Kid Mohair, Polyamide, & Mulberry Silk
The contrasting yarn: Incredible Sock Yarn 75% Super wash Merino/25% Nylon 
Color: Unfolding
Needles: Addi Turbo Rocket, US size 4, 3.5mm 32" circular

*This pattern has a lot of mistakes and the author seems unavailable to answer any questions, so proceed at your own risk. I was lucky enough to have Krista to help me through some bumps and I winged it through the other parts when confusion set in. That being said, I'd make it again because I love the finished product. 


Geri said...

This is beautiful. Karen was touched by your post. 💚

Chookyblue...... said...

Gorgeous...... My favourite colour combination......

Lisa C said...

I understand mistakes happen but it doesn't make it any easier on us. Missouri Star Quilt Company came out with a template and a pattern. I mentioned them to my aunt and she surprised me with them. I watched MSQC's video and cut my background as shown in the video (triangles). Turns out that was wrong! I cut 150 triangles incorrectly which caused me to run short when I had to cut them correctly. I looked at the youtube comments and MSQC has known about the mistake for months (admitted in their comments) but have not corrected the video. I contacted customer service and at first it was just basically a "the pattern is correct so sorry" answer. That even made me madder. I just don't understand why someone who develops a pattern doesn't do everything they can to make sure their customers have the correct information. I'm glad you are a make it work person and an experienced knitter. I wouldn't have known what to do. I hope your friend heals quickly.

Susan Snooks said...

Firstly, what a wonderful friend you are, Di! I pray that Karen gains both comfort from her beautiful new shawl and a cure for that dreadful disease. And sweet does Martha look? She is certainly smiling, as I am at her kind face!