I exchanged the champagne Euroflax and green / brown skein of Schaefer Anne for the combo shown here (a green / blue Anne and willow Euroflax). My sister was a bit hesitant over the brown as the neutral, since she is more likely to wear black. Here is about 2.5 weeks worth of work - a little under 1/8 of the shawl is completed. Ana of Ana Purls ended up purchasing the one that I had returned - and she's started hers here. I really like both of the color combos a lot; the blue/green just happens to work better for my sister.
And I got a photograph, although I'm going to try for a better one. It is so soft and warm! I'm interested to see how the Euroflax one compares. (Of course the one with Euroflax will be machine washable, which gives it points over the mohair). I started this one in April, which made it a four-month on-again, off-again project.
Unfortunately it is rather dark. It is at a similar stage to Susan's, so I thought it would make an interesting comparison, both in yarn types and in time to finish. I am using Schaefer Anne and Madil Kid Seta on #7 needles - I think it would have been better on #6. And this was taken back on July 13th!
I'm on the decrease section of the shawl, and it just takes too much room to lay it out and photograph very often. Instead, I'm contributing a photo of the next shadow shawl - of course, most of the fun is in picking out the yarn. This one is for my youngest sister. The handpaint is Schaefer Anne in a green, blue-green, and light brown, and the cone is Euroflax original in champagne (aka the lightest brown).
I've had several people ask about chosing yarn; start with either two fingering weights or one fingering weight and one mohair. Usually one yarn is varigated and one solid. The trick is to pick a solid color that is significantly lighter or darker than the varigated; people naturally want to pick up a color in the varigated, but that runs the risk of having the stripes blend together. Pick out one of the colors, and then go up or down several steps in shade. Picking out combos is fun; too bad there is no money in being a shadow shawl consultant.
I am almost half way on my Shadow Shawl. Here's a photo:
Unfortunately, I am almost out of my 1st skein of Lorna's Laces, so that means I will have to use a total of 3. Fortunately, I purchased 4, but I was really hoping to be able to sell 2 on ebay, which is easier because it takes 2 skeins to make a pair of socks.
I am still really loving this shawl. I am searching my brain, trying to think who would like one for Yule, but I am surrounded by people that don't wear shawls. Eeeek! Either that, or I would end up making one for a person that I wouldn't normally gift. So I am thinking that after I finish the Yule gifts I need to make, I will do another up and donate it to a shawl ministry program.
I would like to donate it to the Sheila Shawl project, but I can't seem to find anything updated on that - perhaps it was only a one time thing. If anyone knows more about it, be sure to let me know.
I love doing charity knitting - it is very satisfying and helps with the kind of urges that I have - want to knit something that doesn't suit me (not my colors, but colors I like, not my size, etc.) or mainly, just for the love of knitting and wanting to pass a little good energy around.
Susan here, for more details you can also visit my ZenKnit blog.
I finished my Highland Triangle Shawl (Folk Shawls) and I had promised both myself and Thomasina that the next knitting project would be my Shadow Shawl.
Thankfully, I knew exactly where I had stashed my yarn, and quickly found the pattern - no small feat because I have recently rearranged (or rejunked, depends upon how one looks at it) my craft/computer room.
So, here are some pics of my start as of this a.m.:
That 2nd photo should show how the diagonals are working up (squint a bit and you may be able to see it). It won't be a very blatant diagonal/chevron, because the yarns are very similar in color and there isn't a lot of contrast. I am using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Vera and Lana Grossa Meilenweit in a maroonish color - both sock weight yarns. I have enough of both that I could make this up with more repeats than the pattern calls for - in case it seems smallish. I don't imagine this is the type of knit that one would block much, so the final size should be very close to the pre-blocked size.
This is one addicting knit! Once I got my mind around the pattern (if you are knitting it up, the hints are where it is at) - it is proving to be the type of knitting I can just tote-around without having to drag along a pattern, or refer to the chart.
I can see myself making several of these, and since it is only July now yet, I would have time if I wanted to make a few up for Yule gifts.
This might be going to the middle sister, if she likes the color combination. It is very nice, but nothing unexpected. If she doesn't like it, perhaps my mother will. My youngest sister has already requested something in the green / blue / grey / black color ranges.