Foggy Sunset

Foggy Sunset
Photo by Aisling Doonan

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Rioga Shawl is finally finished!

Last week I finished the last edging point on my Rioga Shawl and I won't lie, I grafted my edging ends and wove in my ends with such a happy heart. No more dropping tiny glass beads in my cereal (true story, it crunched a wee bit), no more dreaming about crowns and menacing pointy needles. No more struggling with the joins on my Addi Lace 1.75mm needles (seriously, smooth those babies out, I'm begging you) and no more squinting unattractively at the coral monster in my lap, woohoo!

It wasn't quite as bleak as I have just made it out to be, but I have developed a humpy back and a permanent crows feet from squinting...

But seriously, I'm fine. I have an eye test next week and my back will straighten with time.

I may be finding beads under the sofa cushions and in the coffee jar for a while longer though. Those little glass orbs can travel!

I am glad to be finished, because it was so *all* consuming. It wasn't the most complex thing I have ever knit, or with the finest needle or thread. I think it was because the needle cord was short and I couldn't pin it out and actually *see* my progress. It was like unwrapping the fiddliest present ever, a never ending pass the parcel.

I did enjoy the process, I had a few moments with yarn pulls (those heart stopping moments where you scrunch up your eyes and hold your breath) that made me pause, but it was an engaging pattern. The beaded edging especially was quite rhythmic and pleasant to knit (even though I am allergic to nickel and kept putting the crochet hook in my mouth between bead applications. Wow I plumped those lips up, they fizzed and burned slightly but it was totally worth the pout).

I have just entered it into the RDS National Crafts Competition and I will find out in July if I was successful in getting into the exhibition, then the awards day is in August, so it will be a nail biting few months. 

The details of the shawl are as follows:-

Yarn: Colourmart Cashmere/Silk 2/65NM Cobweb Weight (there are lots of lovely colours left in this!)
Needle: 1.75mm circular & 0.65mm crochet hook
Size: 66" x 42"
Yarn Quantity: 1,510 yards
Beads: Debbie Abraham size 8 seed beads in Amethyst (code 41) 959 beads used

I hope you've enjoyed the photos and the update! Wish me luck...

Happy knitting



  1. You outdid yourself on this one ~ it is just so gorgeous, I can't even tell you how I'd love to see this in person!

    Wishing you success in getting into the exhibition, and look forward to you getting a BIG award in August! You have another beauty!

  2. This is absolutely beautiful - a real work of art!