Major Accomplishment

Although I wasn’t blogging much in 2012, I was doing quite a bit of knitting. One of the most satisfying pieces I worked on was a huge lace shawl.

pnw shawl back

Some of you may recognize this classic pattern as Evelyn Clark’s Pacific Northwest Shawl. I worked this as part of a special swap with a Raveler in Nevada who really wanted this shawl. In exchange, I’m receiving a stunning woven triangle shawl that she made. I don’t weave, and I loved knitting this lace shawl, so I can’t help thinking I got the better end of this deal.

pnw shawl front closeup

My Pacific Northwest Shawl used the yarn called for by the pattern: Jaggerspun Zephry Wool-Silk 2/18. This yarn was new to me, but it is a new favorite. It is beautiful and soft, but also quite sturdy (thanks to the silk?) and surprisingly affordable. It comes in many great colors and can be found on cones or wound off in cakes depending on where you buy it. If I didn’t have several lifetimes of stash to knit through, I would be stocking up on this stuff.

pnw shawl back closeup

What makes the Pacific Northwest Shawl famous is its graphic lace patterns. In the above photo you can see some of the adorable fish, bubbles, waves, and pine trees that make up this shawl.

This project was a pleasure to work, though I must warn that the edging is requires fortitude. If you knit this shawl, don’t let yourself get too excited when you finish the body patterns…much work is still ahead.

More project notes are on Ravelry

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2 Responses to Major Accomplishment
  1. Evelyn
    January 3, 2013 | 7:13 pm

    What a wonderful swap. Your shawl was done beautifully!
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  2. Little Black Dog in SA
    January 9, 2013 | 3:15 am

    I love the shawl, it is just stunning. And welcome back to blogging, I am looking forward to your future posts.