It’s Ravelympics Day # … uh, I’ve lost track of what day it is. But the Icarus shawl is finished!
The other exciting thing that happened today is that it snowed — real, genuine snowflakes, with accumulation and everything — for the first time since Valentine’s Day six years ago.
I’ve heard the slogan “knit fearlessly” before, though for the life of me I can’t remember if it’s associated with one particular BNK. Today was my day to photograph fearlessly. Yes, that means what you’re thinking it means.
It took until Monday last week for me to finish the final body rows (in Malabrigo laceweight Whale’s Road) and begin the lace charts (in Malabrigo laceweight Continental). Tuesday was the start of curling, so I spent lots of time on the couch, knitting and watching.
I sent in my previous post by iPhone, from the couch, watching more curling. I love curling! This morning I watched the last US women’s game while finishing the edging rows and binding off. Here’s the shawl draped over my IKEA Smedsta chair, with my knitting task light shining on it:
Now we get to the pictures you’ve been waiting for. There’s snow outside. I have a newly completed blue shawl that shows up beautifully against white. And what the hell, it has to be soaked and washed before blocking anyway, right?
We don’t winterize our pools here; we run them year round because it never gets cold enough to freeze over. I sure am glad for the computer that automagically turns on the pump when it gets cold enough that the exposed pipes might freeze, though.
Incidentally, clean snow would seem to be a really good way to make sure your project doesn’t felt. It was already cold before it went into its cold water soak!
After soaking, washing, and rolling dry in a towel, I pinned out the shawl on the floor of my guest room. The door is always shut, so the cats won’t wander across it. I’m always a bit amazed that WendyKnits’ Lucy never snags a nail and breaks the yarn on Wendy’s shawls.
Final wingspan is 6′ wide by 3′ long. I am not exactly a narrow person, and not an experienced shawl-wearer, so I’m hoping I can find a good way to wear it. The KnitPicks ladies posted an instructional video a while back about how to wear a lace shawl, and I’ll definitely be watching that again.
I’ve only ever made one lace shawl before, so I was expecting to spend over an hour pinning it out just right. (I haven’t gotten around to buying blocking wires yet.) I was amazed how easy this shawl is to block, though. Everything nice and geometric, just follow the ribs out straight.
I’m really happy with how this has turned out. The mostly-stockinette body shows off the variegated Whale’s Road, and switching to a solid color shows off the lacework nicely, too.
And now, to decide what project I can do in the five and a half days left in the Ravelympics.