Between designing my own original lace shawl patterns and adapting German doily designer, Herbert Niebling’s, I enjoy knitting patterns from other designers – especially those whose creativity is also an inspiration for my own work. I also love learning new stitches and constructions.
Here are two shawls I just completed. The first is The Doodler by Stephen West. The construction of this shawl is interesting and fun to knit! I also had a fabulous time coming up with the right color combination of three different yarns – variegated silk/camel Seda de Desierto Grande by Dibadu, dark blue all-silk Robynn, and bronze silk/merino Virginia by Posh Yarn – and am very pleased with the result.
This is Tru Wuv by Jane Araújo. It was also my first time knitting with Dye Diana Dye‘s fabulous FlaxenSilk lace in Fresh Mint – a gift from a dear friend. I normally don’t knit with fine lace-weight yarns preferring to stick with heavy lace and fingering weights. But the linen in the FlaxenSilk lace really gives it a stiffer feel making it a joy to knit! Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the pattern as much. I am happy with the result but many of the lace patterns didn’t align “logically” making it not as intuitive and impossible to memorize the pattern making it a much slower knit.
I am currently working on Anne-Lise Maigaard‘s Mystery Knit Along, Green Gables. Anne-Lise is my favorite shawl designer and I can’t wait to be able to share pictures … soon!