I'm so excited I finally have something finished to show you! I think that this is my favorite knit projects so far, and also the biggest lace project I have completed. It all started with some roving that I showed you earlier.
Then, the roving was spun up into yarn on my handy spinning wheel.
All along I knew that I had the perfect plan for this yarn. It was to become a Haruni Shawl. This is a pattern that I found on Ravelry.com and have been dying to make. Once the yarn was done, washed and dried, the knitting needles came out. Here it is soon after I started:
A little later...
This is where you have to keep in mind that lace needs to be blocked. So, I took the shawl, soaked it in some cool water and pinned it out to dry on some foam mats. It always amazes me how much blocking really makes a difference. It opens up all of the lace and really makes it pop. Check it out:
Once it was completely dry, I un-pinned it from the foam.
Here you can see the difference. The picture on top is before blocking and the one below is after blocking:
(The real color is darker blue than the top picture but not as dark as the bottom. Lighting wasn't cooperating very well...)
I really don't wear shawls, but this one was so much fun to make that I might have to start wearing them. I am seeing more in my knitting future. :)