Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Red Ruffles Shawl & Springtime Skirt

Finally I got some pictures of the completed shawl, today. Despite being fairly warm weather, it's cloudy and/or rainy, so the photos had to be taken indoors.

As with all lace shawls, this one is transformed once blocked; the lace pattern really opens up and the design is revealed. It is really light and airy, just barely there, since it's alpaca. The ruffle is flirty and girly and really does move when you move. You'll have to see it in person.

I ended up using just three skeins of the five skeins I bought -- now I have to think of something to do with the last two... or just give them away so I don't have to think about it. Funny thing -- the first two skeins got all the way through the lace portion of the shawl, and the third was used completely in the ruffle. Ah the ruffle, what a test of patience.

I also thought I'd take this chance to show off the white springy skirt I made this week. I've had this fabric for yonks (it was one of the ones I used for borders and backing on a quilt years ago) and finally cut it out and sewed it. I've used the pattern before, and like it because it's super simple to make but also flattering -- the skirt has a yoke which keeps it fairly fitted to the hip, and then flares out from there.

Meantime, I have gotten about three-quarters done a sock, as well, but realized that it's a smidge too big, so I will rip it back to the ankle and redo the heel and foot with a smaller needle. Photos soon.

1 comment:

Brandi Beckett said...

Well it was worth it. The ruffle does look amazing. I don't think I would have finished it but you persevered and now you have an pretty and feminine shawl. One of a kind. Great work!