After a bit of binge knitting this week I managed to complete Bethany’s wedding shawl!
I started the shawl back in February, and I’ve been working on it a little at a time over the past few months. As mentioned in previous posts, the knitting pattern is called Hortense Beaded Lace Shawl and the designer is Anna Victoria of By the Lily Pond. She designs gorgeous lace shawl patterns, and I have fallen in love with pretty much all of them. Her knitting pattern portfolio can be seen here on her website. (Ravelry link to Hortense pattern is here.)
Not the prettiest photos, I know. I had to be a little creative with my blocking mats and a towel to accommodate the shape of the shawl. Just try to ignore all that.
The yarn I used is a luscious cashmere laceweight yarn in navy blue by Stitch Sisterz. I purchased 150 grams at Stitches West a few months ago, and I have quite a bit left over. The pattern seems to have reeeaaally over estimated the yardage needed. To knit Bethany’s Hortense I used less than half of the yarn, so I’ve actually got enough for a whole other shawl!
It’s unbelievable. The shawl is so lightweight and feathery. I soaked it to block it, but it was almost completely dry once I’d finished pinning it, so I ended up having to give it another good spritz of water.
…And I have just received the bride-to-be’s approval text message, which includes a string of heart and smiley face emoticons. So I’m feeling pretty darn good right now. 🙂