Sunday, May 06, 2007

Knitting Nature in France

Hi ! My name is Mimosa and I'm French .
I'd like to thank Lilikoiknits who let me join this great knit-along.

I love Norah Gaughan's patterns and I find that "Knitting Nature " is a wonderful book . I fell in love with that shawl pattern and had to find yarn to substitute for Harrisville cashmere .

I chose Sublime extra fine merino wool dk and knitted a swatch gauge which corresponds to the pattern .

To be continued ...

(If you want to see more of me , my knitting blog is here .)



At 11:09 PM, Blogger lababla said...

Hello compatriote,
this pattern looks really nice.Tell us how you wear it when it's done, as it seems it can be worn in different ways...or if after all it won't be a gilet-à-la-père-noël-est-une-ordure? sometimes we have bad surprise.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Obsessed with knitting said...

I love spirals and a knitting friend recommended I do the starfish shawl pattern - I was googling it and saw that there is errata for some editions - just thought you might like to know!

Happy Knitting!

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Cynthia said...

I finished this one yesterday. I was surprised to learn that it doesn't hang symmetrically. (Look at the armholes on p. 57 - that's really how it fits.) If you wear it up high enough on your shoulders to use your arms normally, the top part of the shawl falls back and hangs like a big collar. Unfortunately (unlike most collars), it does not meet easily in front. This is fashionable, but it doesn't look good on me, so I'll have to figure out a way to get it to close nicely.

That gorgeous center swirl doesn't show unless you wear the shawl over your head (like on p. 55), but it's not easy to make it stay up like that. (The model makes it look sexy. I make it look silly.)

Also, the edges will definitely ruffle a bit, like you can see at the bottom of the shawl near the models' thigh. (This would be clearer if she wasn't tugging on it.)

I still think it's beautiful, but if I were going to do this again, I think I'd make it wider, so it would close more easily in front, and I'd make the armholes longer and deeper, so that I could pull it up all the way to my shoulders without stretching the yarn any.


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