Monday, August 11, 2008

I Made It!

I am so, so proud of this shawl, so I hope you'll all forgive my indulging in a photo-heavy post.

Pattern: Shetland Triangle by Evelyn Clark in Wrap Style
Yarn: my own handspun (merino/corriedale), approximately 400 yards
Needles: 32" US 6 (4.0 mm) Addi Turbo circular
Started/Completed: August 8, 8 a.m. est/August 10, 4 p.m. est
Mods: added one body chart repeat, for a total of nine repeats
Dimensions: 57" x 29"

Knitting with my own handspun was truly an incredible experience. On the one hand, I got a very good look at how inconsistent my spinning was (this yarn was only, I think, the third I finished on my wheel), but I love the rustic look it has knitted up. There was definitely a different feeling to the process of knitting this shawl knowing that I made not only the finished garment but the yarn I was using. I can see why spinners often wind up knitting with nothing but their own handspun.

And yes, this is the fastest I've ever knit a shawl -- although keep in mind that (a) it's a very easy pattern, (b) it's a smaller shawl than others I've knit, and (c) I did knit for about eight solid hours on Saturday. Had the Olympics started on a Monday, it would have taken me much longer. Still, I'm thrilled with the results and kind of amazed that I was the third person to finish in my Ravelympics event, the Shawl Relay. (I guess that makes me a bronze medalist?)


  1. Gorgeous! And YAY bronze medalist!

    (And I have to know, who were the two people who finished before you and what did they knit? Ankle socks?)

  2. I'm very proud of you! It must be awesome knitting with yarn you have spun yourself. I love the color, too. One of these days I'm going to break down and buy that book :-)

  3. The Bronze?!!
    It came out beautifully. Although I am not in the competition, I certainly got a lot of knitting done with the Olympics on this weekend!
    It seems the perfect companion.

  4. It's just lovely! I'm sure it'll be a prize knit given it's first spun and knit up status. Great pictures too!

  5. Anonymous12:54 AM

    Oh, what a lovely shawl. Of course that's a silver, at least. ;-)

  6. I think your headline should be "I made it FAST" Citius, Altius, Fortius and all that. Glad your first handspun/handknit experience went so well!

    And yeah. Jen totally had you pegged. :)

  7. Anonymous2:44 AM

    That is seriously stunning and very motivating. What an amazing feeling you must have knowing that you spun and knit that. It's so beautiful! Congratulations.

  8. Anonymous6:30 AM


  9. Hooray for handspun shawls.

  10. It turned out just as beautiful as I thought it would. Yay for your handspun!

  11. Anonymous9:14 AM

    Girl, that is absolutely insane!!!! 2 days?

  12. Anonymous11:30 AM

    That is gorgeous. I hope to knit one up soon. What inspiration!!

  13. Nice job! I haven't knit much on my chosen project for Olympic watching. I have a day off tomorrow so I'm going to run through all my Tivo'd olympics and knit.

  14. Umm, you knit that in a 48 hour period? SO IMPRESSED!!

  15. You should be proud, it's absolutely beautiful!

  16. The shawl is stunning!! I'm working on my first lace shawl, so I totally understand how proud you must be. You did an incredible job!!