And, for a special birthday, some lucky souls get secret knitting.
It all started with winding 470 meters of yarn into a ball, by hand. It took an hour. Really. And I had to do it three times, since it took just over 2 skeins of Malabrigo lace to make this baby.
I muttered to myself a lot during this project, and started and stopped things more than usual. The lace is not "simple"; it's not a symmetric diamond or single leaf or box. And there are K3togs, and SSSKs!
I really enjoy the little variations in the colour!
There is supposed to be a knit-on border, but the chart is so full of B for bead (which I was disregarding) that my head exploded whenever I looked at it.
I finally thought that after all that lace, a stole might just want something simple on the ends, and remembered this shawl and its garter ruffle.
So that's what we ended up with, and I tell you, laceweight garter stitch is not really any more fun than laceweight lace!
Isn't it lovely? Wasn't it worth all that lacy slogging? Yes, I think so!
I was instructed that no terrible pictures were to appear on the blog.
Funnily enough, I got this pattern from the same magazine where I found the One Sleeve Wrap: it's a Vogue Knitting pattern from 2007's holiday edition. I didn't really notice it flipping through the magazine, but several people have made it and posted pictures to Ravelry, which show the shawl better than the original. It's really a very pretty pattern, I must say!
And Happy Birthday to Sally!