Shipwreck Shawl Progress

In honor of aruarian_dancer's birthday, since I'm making this for her, I thought I'd show progress pics. :-)

On a 40" circular by Liralen Li, on Flickr
I am lazy.

I had no desire to block the center simply to make photos of it, so, instead, I moved the shawl to a 40 inch circular needle so that it could be stretched out a little so that people could see it look like something more than just a hair net. *laughs* If you click on it, the full size photo will show more detail, but didn't want to overwhelm to start.

I'm done with the first two lace patterns and starting into the third one, which is the last 'real' pattern, in my mind. As the rest of it is just (yo, k2tog) which is going to be an interesting set of doldrums in a way.

I am amused to go knitting around and go, oh huh... added a yo in the wrong place, drop it. Huh, that's wrong, oh, just pick this up and it'll work. Or getting to the line that reads (k144, M1) twice, and laughing at the number. I mean, obviously they just needed two stitches to make the patterns even so just put one on each side. Or getting through 29 repeats of a 10 stitch pattern and finding two extra stitches and shrugging and just decreasing two on the last two repeats, because it's Not A Big Deal...

A Section by Liralen Li, on Flickr
So I'm realizing in a lot of ways, that my experience with lace really helps out as I'm just going along and fixing things as I knit rather than worrying about any of it. It's good to know what I can fudge without actually affecting the outcome.

This picture is of the lace patterns, stretched out a little to show them off better, they'll be good and stretched when I block the center bit. The interesting thing with this pattern is that the central circle is in US 4's, but as soon as it gets to the netting section it expands, significantly to US 8's and then through a steady sequence of 9's, 10's, and 10.5's... so it should be much faster than the central, solid section. In a way, getting the middle circle done will be about the halfway point.

And I'm making pretty good progress with that, especially since the yarn is such fun to work with. I also bought the metal Knitpicks interchangeable circular tips as they were cheaper than getting a whole new circular needle. And they're good and fast. I also own Audi Turbos from years ago, but I prefer these, as I can just change the size of the tips when it comes time to go up a few sizes.

edge of Shipwreck Shawl by Liralen Li, on Flickr
And finally a real close up to show off some of the sheen of the yarn itself. I've already tested my beads in boiling water, and I think this is dyed lightly enough that I'm going to be able to overdye with the blues and greens easily. But the color of this is so nice just as it is. *laughs*

It really is a little hard, as all silk lends both the sheen, silky hand feel, and a better definition of the stitches than wool can give as well as little hardness to the texture of the finished item. So it should still have the pebbly feel to it that the original had in the description of the pattern.

I really am enjoying this as a knit and am pretty happy with the amount of progress I've made so far.

A cool thing about this pattern is that it takes advantage of the geometric reality of circles, that since the circumference is in direct proportion to the radius, every time one doubles the width of the overall circle, one simply doubles the number of stitches around the circumference. *grins* c=2pir

I love math in practice...
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O...M...G... *drools while feeling speechless and incoherent*

Really!? For me!? Unbelievable! (Well, I do remember drooling over how pretty that picture was and I also vaguely remember telling you that I'd love a shawl... yeah, I did shamelessly drop hints/requests everywhere... come to think of it...)

It's a mindboggling beauty!! I can't get over it. I just can't. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *hugs*
*hugs you happily* I have to have someone to give it to before I really get motivated to knit it, so there. *grins* Is definitely For You. And it's real! Yay!! Or at least getting there.

You're very, very welcome!!

And it's fun to be able to show progress that's real before *saying* that. *grins*

Edited at 2009-04-26 08:27 pm (UTC)
That is gorgeous! I may have to add this to my shortlist of patterns to try.
Thanks! I'm looking forward to doing the beading part of this, too. It's an interesting pattern, and oddly easy if you have lace experience, because you only really ever do anything one at a time. Either the lace panels, or the increases, or the beading... so it's a really nice, comfortable pattern.
Thank you! I think it will be more impressive when done, but... it's fun to see the progress at this stage... *grins*
*giggles* *revives*


It's been fun, so far. *happies*

There's supposed to be a Dreaded Row 31, but. *shrugs* We'll see. Hee.

Edited at 2009-04-27 12:02 am (UTC)
Wow. That is shaping up to be just gorgeous. You do beautiful lacework. I don't think I'd have the patience to mess around with that. Then again, I get all weird in the head when I find I've made an error and usually rip everything out and start again (even if I know the "mistake" won't be seen by anyone) because I'm waaaay to anal for my own good.

I like the colour of it now but I can understand wanting to overdye it in the colours you've described. To dye or not to dye. Tough choice *grins*
Thank you! I've always loved lacework... but after a few pieces where the stitch count gets up into the 1000's one learns how to let go of one or two stitches far more easily. Or fix it without having to rip back too often. That stood me in good stead with the Phoenix sweater, too.

I'm a recovering perfectionist, so I count the "leave it as good enough" bits as a victory of sorts too. *laughs*

Oh, I'm likely to over dye it just to make it more unique, as I'm just that way, though I understand the comment of one Ravelry knitter who was horrified at the thought of ruining the shawl "after all that work" with a 'bad' dye job.

I think I have enough faith in my color sense (as I'm not actually going to do the prescribed method) and my dyeing instincts to not worry about that as much. *grins* But there have been over a 100 folks that have finished a whole one of these in less than a month since the pattern came out, so it can't be THAT hard.

I'm too used to shawls that take a year out of my life, not a mere month or two. I'm afraid, though, that the back of my knitting brain is thinking of this as a warm up for a *real* lace project, now. This time I might have to write it down so I can "sell" the pattern on Ravelry.
*laughs* I have no idea what any of the meant, but WOW is that going to be gorgeous.
Goodness... I don't know the first thing about knitting (though my mother tried when I was young) so I have no idea how you'd even do something like this, but it's absolutely gorgeous.
Oh this is just gorgeous! *_* Like you, I love this colour as it is. It's neat that you've got to the point where you can tweak your lace as you go, and recover from minor mistakes. That's a whole lot better than taking back rows and rows because you've missed a stitch and your pattern is off by one and suddenly nothing lines up anymore and looks dreadful. :o

I've really been enjoying this bamboo/silk yarn I've been playing with. So soft, and I love the shine. When something has that subtle sheen, it just feels so decadent. :) But now, I must get back to a crochet project I've been working on for ages. A big, round, soft, nubbly afghan for someone who has no idea it's coming. :D I love surprising people!
Much, much better than taking back rows. Ouch.

Mmmm... that yarn sounds lovely... It does feel so decadent, and lovely, so it's a joy to work with.

Mmmm.... soft afghans are always good surprised. *grins*

It IS fun to surprise someone with something they really wanted.