Last weekend, I finally managed to block my Stripe Study Shawl. I started this in May when the design, by the very talented Veera Välimäki, was still new. A quick check of Ravelry today shows 1371 projects with no signs of its popularity easing. The shawl is compelling to knit – there is something intrinsically soothing about garter stitch, and the colour changes and variations in stripe widths mean that it never becomes monotonous.
I used two skeins of Wollmeise that were sitting in my stash – originally they were destined for a pair of fingerless mitts (Cheesehands by Julia Mueller; a very cute pattern). There is a luminosity in the Wollmeise that is hard to describe, and to photograph. These photos, taken by my daughter Emma, do a great job of showcasing the shawl – she has caught the project in many different lights, since I first cast on. This is my first time knitting with Wollmeise. It has become something of a star in the knitting world – at the Knit Nation 2010 in London there was nearly a stampede in the marketplace as knitters descended on the Wollmeise stand. I am not sure that this one project is enough for me to become a fanatic, but I am completely taken with the richness of the colours.
One of the things that attracted me to this pattern is the asymmetry. I had begun to wonder whether that will make it virtually impossible to wear. I’ve worn the shawl several times this week, however, and find it very wearable.
My dear friend Kelly! This shawl is just beautiful! Even though I understand but a fraction of your knitting talk, I very much enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing. Great pics, Emma! Great model, too 😉
Missing you – Sandra and gang
Oooooh. Love the rich colour. It looks almost iridescent. Really like the asymmetry too! Lucky girl!
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