Friday, 30 September 2011

FO - Ardently in Love

I am so pleased to be able to share this project with you today. Artistic outdoorsy shots will have to wait until Sunday, because I'll take those at the wedding tomorrow! Presenting my Jane Austen Shawl:

I draped as artfully as I could.

Project: Ardently in Love*
Pattern: Jane Austen Shawl by Wendy Lewis
Yarn: Knit Picks Shimmer in Elderberry
Hook: 4mm

I followed the pattern exactly, with no modifications. I haven't weighed my leftover yarn yet, but it took maybe one and a half skeins. Apart from the irritation of the incredibly long starting chain and awkward first row (I hate crocheting into chains), I loved working on this shawl. It was my second project with an alpaca/silk blend and I have to say that it is fast becoming my favourite yarn type to work with!

I did have some issues working out what the pattern was getting at with the edging; doing the first edge was ok, but the second edge was a lot harder! It could do with a better explanation of where to put the stitches, I think.

And of course, blocking it meant I got to play with all my new blocking toys!

Pre-blocking. See my awesome new interlocking foam alphabet tiles!

Wired and pinned out. Can't believe how much it grew in width!

A close up shot of pins and wires in action.

Obligatory cat assistance. He wasn't around when I pinned it out,
but was on hand to help me unpin it and remove the wires.

So I'm all set for the wedding tomorrow. Typical that the temperatures are set to soar to a rather unseasonably hot 28 degrees, so my snuggly warm alpaca shawl is not likely to be needed until much later on in the evening! But I will try and get some lovely artistic shots in the sunshine.

Head on over to Tami's to see more finished objects, and don't forget to check back on Sunday for more shots of the shawl in action!

*You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you - Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice


  1. I love it! It looks stunning, and wow at the width growth. Glad you got to have fun with your new blocking kit ;)

    Have a great time at the wedding

  2. Its beautiful! I love it, love the cat photo too!

  3. It's lovely!  Looking forward to some modeled shots -- and good for you for suffering in the heat for the sake of great shawl photos!  :)

  4. Gorgeous! The shawl is breathtaking. 

  5. Sarah - Crafts From The Cwtch30 September 2011 at 22:42

    It is beautiful and yay for getting it all done and blocked in time. It may be hot in the day, but the temp seems to be dropping considerably in the evening so I think you'll get to love it even more then. Have a fab time - will look forward to the pics 

  6. beautiful :)
    And I love that the cat had to come and help. They just can't resist, can they?!

  7. This is lovely! You did a beautiful job. I'm sure you will get many, many compliments when you wear it.

  8. So lovely! I can't wait to see your artistic shots with it on in the sun :)

  9. wow I love them! especially the scarf! and I laughed so hard at the picture of your cat!

  10. Oh, that is absolutely beautiful.  Well done.   Tis amazing what blocking does isn't it? Enjoy the wedding and I'm looking forward to seeing a few pics.

  11. Your shawl turned out lovely.  I really like that shade of purple.

  12. Congrats on your finish; it look so intricate and pretty.  Smart to use those alpha/# foam blocks.

  13. Sarah @ Sarahndipities3 October 2011 at 17:09



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