Foggy Sunset

Foggy Sunset
Photo by Aisling Doonan

Monday, 2 April 2012

Márta Shawl - Blocked and beautiful

 So here's my Márta Shawl, blocked and beautiful and quite fittingly finished on the 31st March (which also happened to be my birthday).

She blocked out massively, a 76" x 38" triangle using just 98g of yarn (853 yards/780 metres used) of lace weight in LHogan's BFL Lace in Novak Colourway.

The knitting Gods were looking down and smiling at my naive stupidity and blatant disregard for rules, because as per usual, I didn't knit a swatch, I didn't add a lifeline, I made a chart and just started knitting.  It is testament to my utter jamminess that I used 98g of a 100g skein.  I don't know how I did it, sometimes winging it is a very good idea.

   I did have a slight wobbly moment before I started the second lace section, will I just squeeze in one more repeat?  But no, I looked at the neatly hand wound ball sitting beside me and it quietly whispered 'don't even think about it' to me.  I listened.  Everything turned out perfectly, though I am now aware that skeins of wool are speaking to me.  Well whispering, anyway...

The shawl is really lacy, there's probably more air per square inch than actual wool!

The garter stitch solid transition kind of worked its way into the design all by itself (I was trying to include enough stitches for the next lace section) but I think it makes a nice break to highlight the different sections.

Here she is in all her dark blood like splendour, wings akimbo.

The edging is quite a surprising one, it's only an 8 row repeat so I thought it wouldn't look like much when it was knit up, but I think it works well in it's simplicity.

Wind plus washing line plus camera equals interesting photo!

Above is my Aibreán Shawl that I cast on for on April Fool's day.  It's LHogan BFL Lace in Incredible Ingrid colourway and will be a top down triangle again, in stocking stitch this time with a mirrored lace pattern and then a knit on edging.  I'm using my chiaogoo red lace circulars for this project as well and I can't believe how nice they are to work with, smooth knitting ahead.

Happy knitting 



  1. Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day. More incredible lace work! I don't know how you do it. Do you ever knit "bigger" projects? I'd love to pop by to see all your work some day.. Dreams..

    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, had a nice relaxing day, finished this shawl, so it was a pretty good one. I have 'bigger' projects in the pipeline, just using up my full lace weight skeins first, I can work through the leftovers and part skeins at my leisure then!

      I could have an open day for my shawl drawer, a bit like a debutante ball, show them to the world :)

  2. The shawl has turned out so well. How great that the yarn was enough just by your judgement. Many happy returns on your recent birthday.

  3. I wish you a happy birthday ! Your marta shawl is absolutely wonderfull ! the color is great too ! congratulations.