in the Middle of the English Channel
Mountain Peaks
Filed under: Knitting

It’s finished!

As always unblocked lace looks awful –

Imgp0980 But

It is amazing what a difference a good soak and a bit of blocking makes :-)

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the shawl is slightly larger than it should be because apparently I can’t count.

When I got to the edging it was very quickly apparent that I was going to need more than the 11 repeats required to get to the short row center point ( it actually took 14). After much head scratching and a quick consultation with the designer it was agreed that I had actually done one too many repeats of Chart 1. this was not a problem as I had plenty of yarn so I just ploughed on to the finish.

It did mean however that my usual blocking board ( a rug in my lounge) wasn’t wide enough so I had to move to plan B and use the king sized patchwork quilt that we sometimes use on the beach instead.

Here’s the glamour shot :-)

Mountain_peaks Don’t forget to click for the bigger picture

Details:

Mim’s Mountain Peaks Shawl available Here.

Knitted in Knit Picks Shimmer Laceweight, colourway Maple leaf on 3.75mm Bamboo Straights approximately 1 and a half balls.

Final dimensions: 78" across and 38" from neck to tip

Overall imperssions:

I love the finished article. the colours seem just right – it makes me think of Autumn leaves and the sunlight through dappled forests.

The pattern wasn’t the easiest I have tackled (some of it is proper lace people, no rest rows!), but the written directions are very, very good. Mim not only designs beautiful patterns but she writes them clearly with excellent charts – It’s not her fault I can’t count to 5! :-)

Here’s one last shot – I think she deserves her close up don’t you?

Mountain_peaks_closeup

janle @ 9:53 am

14 Comments for 'Mountain Peaks'

  1.  
    August 30, 2006 | 1:26 pm
     

    Bravo!! How GORGEOUS!! I love the colorway. I can see the fall leaves now.

  2.  
    August 30, 2006 | 2:13 pm
     

    I’ve often admired that shawl, but the colour you worked it in really reminds me of the autumnal colours in the Pennines – very beautiful!

  3.  
    Kim
    August 30, 2006 | 4:50 pm
     

    It turned out great and you’re right the color is just perfect! Mountain Peaks is on my “to do” list; I think it’s a great pattern.

  4.  
    August 30, 2006 | 6:46 pm
     

    It turned out beautifully! Good job! :)

  5.  
    August 30, 2006 | 6:48 pm
     

    Oh, it’s stunning! How about a modeled shot? :)

  6.  
    August 30, 2006 | 7:32 pm
     

    The color looks like our Gambol oaks in the fall…just gorgeous and I love the bigger size!

  7.  
    August 30, 2006 | 7:40 pm
     

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  8.  
    August 30, 2006 | 10:30 pm
     

    I love how it turned out. Just beautiful!

  9.  
    August 31, 2006 | 6:24 pm
     

    Gorgeous and perfect timing!! The leaves are just about to start turning… :-)

  10.  
    August 31, 2006 | 10:30 pm
     

    A truly lovely shawl Janine, it’s gonna keep you warm and stylin’ when autumn arrives :)

  11.  
    September 1, 2006 | 8:13 pm
     

    I LOVE it! You have to be so happy with how it turned out….love the colors, and isn’t it amazing how lace is so frumpy before we block!!!
    (((hugs)))

  12.  
    September 2, 2006 | 5:06 am
     

    Love the colors! I am so ready for autumn, but don’t get to see much color changing in the desert, except to go from green to brown and gray. A beautiful knit, lovely pattern.

  13.  
    September 3, 2006 | 12:46 pm
     

    It’s just breathtaking!!!! I love the color way you choose – and I have that pattern in my que – I just have to find the perfect yarn for it!!!

  14.  
    pat jarvis
    September 6, 2006 | 1:39 pm
     

    fabulous job-looks like fall in ontario ,canada, where I live -can’t wait to get the pattern -what an inspiration!
    pat

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