Sunday, March 2, 2008

FO Report - Leaf Lace Shawl

the oh-so-flattering back view

Pattern: Leaf Lace Shawl by Fiber Trends
Colorway: Olive Tones

Started: November 2007
Finished: January 2008

Measurements (unblocked/blocked)
Top edge: 58 inches / 74 inches
Center (top to bottom): 26 / 38.5 inches
Side (one side of "V"): 34 / 54.5 inches
Needles: Knit Picks circular 2.75 mm

Project Summary

I originally started this project in July 2007, but I wasn't happy with how it was progressing so I ripped it out and restarted in in November 2007.

Progress as of 11/21/07

The initial appearance of the shawl was, as Mrs. G pointed out, not unlike that of a stingray.

Note: Provided for comparison purposes only.
This is not an actual shawl image
(image from Google images)

As the shawl progressed and the stitch count grew (this shawl pattern starts from the bottom point) it was difficult to determine that any progress was being made since the total size of the shawl never seemed to change. I started placing a pin to mark my progress at the end of each week.

Some weeks showed more progress than others.
The closely spaced pins represent the hectic weeks of mid-December

The Leaf Lace Shawl has an easy and easily memorized lace pattern and a good choice, I think, for a first time lace knitter. Unfortunately, my choice of a fairly fine yarn and small needles meant nearly 10 additional chart repeats in order to get the size I wanted.
By the time I reached 622 stitches on the needle, knitting ennui threatened to derail the project since each row was taking about 40 minutes to complete. I originally planned to make the shawl larger but made the decision to end at 27 chart repeats.

The lunar landscape of the unblocked shawl

Needle Liberation Day - January 22, 2008

Unblocked shawl

(an excellent use for that newly spare bedroom)

Blocking closeup

The pattern calls for beading on the final row. I wanted some additional sparkle so I worked in extra beads in the lace edging.


Mr. CPA took several 'FO' photos that actually show me smiling, but as luck would have it those shots did not turn out for one reason or another (as judged by me). So the official FO shot is the one of me looking mildly amused. (a totaly fortuitous shot that managed to slip in between the usual photos of me in mid-sentance, with a goofy closed-eye smile or enhanced with blurry arm movements).


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Te color is lovely!

I am up to about 400 sts per row on my North Roe shawl and it is driving me buggy. I can't imagine over 600!

I love the arty pictures like the lunar landscape and the blocking close-up.

Cindy/Snid said...

That is lovely! And it is so nice to see a photo of you (and that damp, gray Washington weather!)

Mmmmm, am craving lace!

CarolineF said...

That turned out so pretty! Enjoy it!

Jacqui said...

this shawl is even more gorgeous in person.

i am surprised though that Mr. CPA managed even one shot of you where you are not a blur of motion!

Kerry said...

Love, love, love it! Up close it was even purtier!

You have flowers coming up???

weebug said...

it is truly stunning!

Vicki said...

Just beautiful!

Rebecca said...

Your shawl is stunning. I love every Leaf Lace I see but yours in green is my favorite. And jewels, too! Perfection.

knottykitty said...

Really, really lovely! You did a fabulous job on the shawl. Great idea to put pins to prove your weekly progress--those large projects do seem to stay the same size after a point!

I love all of your pictures, too! Nice to see a picture of you, looking all cozy-like in your new beautiful shawl. :)

Lo said...

That's purely lovely, Denise!

vanessa said...


peggyspins said...

Pretty, pretty shawl. I love this particular EAC pattern. It's such a relaxing lace pattern to knit. Nice job.

Kris said...

Your shawl is beautiful! You did an awesome job on it.

Joanne said...

Wow. It looks great on you! It's also the perfect Denise color and size, you knew just when to stop! Mostly, I'm impressed by your sheer persistence. I would have given up already! (I've mentioned you on my blog, btw, because you are such a good knitter..:)

Angela said...


Mrs. G. said...

You're back! The stingray is so beautiful. And really, could you be any cuter? Mr. CPA is a lucky man.

Sheepish Annie said...

Oh, wow! That is beautiful! Nice job!!! I also love the picture. My only concern is that there is all that green stuff in the background. What is that??? All we have is piles 'n piles of snow...

But I was only distracted for a minute and then I went right back to looking at the pretty shawl!

knitalot3 said...

Very beautiful. It looks so soft and cuddly.

Good job!

Melanie said...

I love everything about your Leaf Lace shawl, from the colour to the beads to how beautiful it looks done on teensy needles. Beautifully done!

Mysti said...

Gorgeous! It's truly stunning! :)

Hey, have you lost some weight recently? I swear it looks like you have since the last photo Mr. CPA took of you in the hospital. Could have been camera angle too. Hope that didn't offend, but you look just beautiful. *grins*

annmarie said...

Very lovely and beautiful shades of green. :)

Sheila said...

Having personally seen this lovely item in real life, I can attest to its loveliness. Congratulations on yet another gorgeous piece of knitting!

Vallen said...

Pretty darn cute. Oh and the shawl is beautiful, too.

June said...

As usual, I am late to the party, but oh, Denise, how very, very lovely!! You should be very proud!


Mike Golch said...

some people are more creative that others,as a football player Rosie Greer once knitting hepls me calm down and gives me peace.You are as freative as that gentile gieant was.

Romi said...

That is seriously gorgeous!

tapmouse said...

Hey, I think I know that shawl! HEY-I think I know this person!-LOL! Denise-it was so good meeting you and spending time with you and Lara-wish I could've have spread myself around better! AWESOME shawl!


Jules said...

Beautiful shawl! The yarn is gorgeous, with lots of colors going on but not too much. The beading makes it really special.