01 May 2007

Peppercorn Shawl

It's all done, and before my mother-in-law's birthday too (by 2 days!). I started on the border pattern a bit too soon, and so ended up adding increases to the edge. Some of it's a big fudged, but meh, it's not obvious.

Vital Stats : The Forest Canopy Shawl, in Bendigo's Rustic 8ply, colour Peppercorn. It's really a shoulder shawl, not very big.



Here's a detail of the edge, with beads added. I used the crochet-hook method described in the latest issue of Yarn. Basically, you slip a bead onto a very fine crochet hook (mine was 1mm), the slip the stitch to have a bead off the left needle, pull the stitch through the bead with the crochet hook, and put the stitch back on the needle, then knit it. A bit fiddly, but a hell of a lot easier than threading beads onto wool at the start.


In other news :

  • Step-mother's pink jacket has a right front, and nearly a left front. I'm having to adapt the pattern as I go.
  • My Knit Picks deluxe set has arrived from Perth. It's wonderful.
  • My Vogue Stictionary Volume 1 has arrived from Perth (WTF - no charts?!). It's very good, despite the lack of charts.
  • Mariah's first sleeve is nearly done.
  • My illustration rep loves my Knitting Art paintings, and has asked for some new smaller paintings for their collection. I'll be the only illustrator in their stable who illustrates knitting.
  • I am shuffling around with a walking stick again with what I suspect is psoas bursitis (I've had it before). Am nearly in enough pain to bear the horribly deep and painful cortisone injection that will treat it.
  • Am generally feeling very exhausted and not very chatty... 'cave' time.

13 comments:

  1. Really, really gorgeous jejune, and I love the colour and the bead detail. I'm sure it will be adored.

    Mmmmm, knitpicks, very envious, covet, covet...looking forward to a review. (mother's day and my birthday are both coming up!!)

    A stitch dictionary without charts? Yes Please! Me and charts, we don't really get along, might check this one out.

    Take care of yourself m'dear.

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  2. The shawl is lovely - a great colour and the beads are a nice touch. Hope you are feeling less "cave-y" soon (although it can be quite nice to hibernate every so often with your knitting for company)

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  3. oh that's beautiful! Absolutely lovely. Makes me think I should do my first shawl in something heavier than lace weight, just for the instant gratification factor - although obviously, no shawl knitting is THAT instant.

    Rest up. You need/deserve it.

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  4. that shawl is deeee-licious! I love it. Beads too!

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  5. Lovely shawl, clever beading!!
    Yes, I was very disappointed that there were no charts. I still love it, but it would have been 'lurve' if there had been charts!!!

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  6. That shawl is beautiful, and the beading idea just ingenious! :)

    Hope you're feeling less cave-y om Thursday. ^.^

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  7. The shawl is lovely, I'm sure your MIL will be very impressed.

    Warm hugs.

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  8. One suspects that your joints are a trifle humidity sensitive - the old weather-sensitive rheumatism thingy. Sorry to hear that you've resorted to canes. Does swimming assist at all (you know - warm water rather than clammy atmosphere)?

    Beading makes me sneeze. I'm in awe of anyone who would attempt it under any circumstances!

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  9. Thanks everyone for your kind words - the shawl has been wrapped and will be posted to Merimbula today. Bit hard to part with it... but it's going to a good home :)

    My hip thing is more exercise related - bursitis is made worse through any repetitive activity. I've been aggravating it by doing physio exercises and swimming / walking (how fair is that?!). So rest, with ice packs and/or heat packs, and walking sticks to ease stress on the area are treatment of choice.

    Since I have a chronic problem, I need an ultrasound to check that's what's going on, and then a horrible cortisone injection into the bursa (guided by the ultrasound image). I had one 3 years ago, and it still makes me feel ill. So not looking forward to this treatment :(

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  11. That shawl is just lovely! I hope you're feeling a bit better...

    And btw the link you're looking for on my site is http://twitchyfingers.blogspot.com/
    2006/06/i-give-you-cassowary-bag.html - I'd have emailed it to you but I can't seem to get anyone's email address' on the new blogger!

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  12. Nice work! Always great to stop by and see what you're posting.

    Feel better.

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  13. Your shawl is gorgeous! Very clever of you putting beads on it!

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