An FO!

Here is my Pax Shawl. First attempt at a true garment in Tunisian. I really love this technique and these patterns. The pattern support is free, professional and very easy to understand. I think even a beginner would find the video instruction straightforward.

Pax Shawl FinishedPax Shawl Finished - Detail

To make best use of my “orphan” skeins, I used the Fleece Artist “Pale Pink” for the main body and first three and a half motifs on each end of the lace border. The Natural Dye Studio “Pale Strawberry” for the second half of those motifs and the entire middle portion of the border. The Fleece Artist was used for the entire length of the picot edge.

I didn’t block this hard, just enough to open up the eyelets and emphasize the scallop and picot outer edge. The soak and pin really softened the hand of the Fleece Artist. It’s been quite a while since I knit with it and it is a yarn that truly benefits from a good soak.

I love it and my gorgeous Nanny, who has a 95th birthday coming at the end of this month owns a stunning creme suit that I think this will look perfect with.

Here’s a little progress photo of Concetta. Still plugging along, I do find the intense dark colour hard to work with at night so mostly this project only sees weekend hours. Rather limited those are! Daylight and a bit of flash helps to see that it’s really not just a big blob of yarn. The Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine is working up very open and light on the larger than usual pins (a design feature) and makes a really nice fabric. Anxious to see the end of it though. “Parsley” is calling me and I’m finding it VERY hard to resist the siren call of that gorgeous Manos Serena!

Last stretch. Working the yoke.

Last stretch. Working the yoke.

Pax, As Promised ~ May The 4th Be With Me!

Totally loving this! My practise piece uses up a couple of orphan skeins that were languishing in the bin. A very old Fleece Artist merino sock in a retired (by my search) colour of soft cameo pink and ivory and a Natural Dye Studio merino alpaca sock in “Pale Strawberry”.

The bottom photo shows the serendipitous colour coordination in the skein and the foundation row of sc, just before the lace chart B begins. The NDS works up a little heavier than some 4-ply so I’ve upped my hook size for this section. One repeat done and now off to get some chores and some writing done! Darn book won’t seem to write iteself…

Chart A completed

Chart A completed

Ready to begin chart B lace

Ready to begin chart B lace

Now THIS is good fibre vibe!

Now THIS is good fibre vibe!

I took a workshop in Tunisian Crochet as

I took a workshop in Tunisian Crochet as part of the activities at the 2011 Needler’s Retreat that is put on by Sheeps Ahoy! I really loved it but didn’t find any projects that really captured my imagination.

Stumbled across a series of shawls by Aoibhe Ni and am smitten!

Teaching myself from her videos as we speak and totally in love with this technique 🙂

Pictures to follow soon!