Gilded paradise


I finished my gold shawl weeks ago, but waited until I was in Sicily to photograph it.  We were staying in an absolutely fantastic villa, called the Commenda di San Cologero, which is beyond gorgeous.  (It also has the nicest, most friendly staff you will ever meet.  I’ve stayed there twice now, and hope to return soon.)  It is on the eastern coast between Catania and Syracusa.  As you can see from these photos, it was a most beautiful backdrop for this lovely piece of knitting.


The pattern is the #02 Reversible Cabled-Rib Shawl, by Lily Chin and originally from Vogue Knitting, Winter 1999/2000.  It can now be found on-line as well; check the Ravelry pattern page here for details.


The shawl is knitted in the now discontinued yarn, Kidsilk Haze Eclipse, by Rowan Yarns in the colour Virgo.  It is a very lovely shade of beige gold.  If you don’t have any Eclipse saved up, don’t fret – Kidsilk Haze is readily available and works perfectly for this pattern.  (I have previously knit this shawl in Kidsilk Haze in a vibrant green, which you can see in this post.)


Many people have commented on the repetitive (and endless) nature of this pattern.  If you look over the projects on Ravelry you will see that I am not the only one who called it “boring”.  (Although there are those who find it “meditative”).  It is essentially a very big shawl knit in 2×2 ribbing in lace-weight yarn with cable crossings every 12 rows.


The first time I knit this pattern it took me 20 months to finish – it was so boring, I kept putting it aside to knit other things!  I finished this one in just over 4 months.  Perhaps this relative speed is because, having worn the green one countless times over the years, I know that the benefits outweigh the effort.   Perhaps, I am simply in a more “product knitting” place right now.  Or, dare I say it, perhaps I have been too lazy to cast new things on and thus managed to power through.   Whatever the case, the end product is absolutely worth it.


In the above photo, Emma is wearing another project of mine, the Viajante shawl, which I knit in 2013; this was another endless, repetitive knit in lace-weight that produced a magical garment.  (We photographed this piece in Sicily as well; it will feature in an upcoming Wearability Wednesday post, so keep your eye out for it.)  Today just happens to be Emma’s 23rd birthday – Happy Birthday, gorgeous!

I am still planning a long travel post for you with lovely photos of our adventures in Sicily. It will have to wait until I get home, however.  I am, rather ironically, writing this post in the middle of the night in my hotel room in Malaysia while suffering terrible jet lag.


See that smile in the above photo?  Well, you would be smiling, too.  It was the best holiday ever!

14 thoughts on “Gilded paradise

  1. Love Sicily – used to stay in Taormina. Looking forward to seeing your photos. Great shawl!

  2. Stunning. I thought I couldn’t bear making another shawl but now you’ve got me thinking….
    Love the colour, the fluidity and the generosity in length/width. (I also love your black and white loafers…brings me back to my saddle shoe days.)

  3. It’s on my long list. I have knit Viajante over several months and it was just a handy project when you didn’t want to fuss with a pattern. Live your shoes by the way, goes wonderfully with the shawl and your black dress.

  4. I remember when you posted about starting this shawl – and it is definitely worth the work! Just beautiful. As are, of course, the shoes. 🙂

  5. I love your gold shawl. Lovely!!! And I love how the gold strap on your shoes match it (PS: where can I find those shoes, WANT!)

    • Hi. So sorry for the late reply. These shoes are made by Chie Mihara. I was stalking eBay and other sites looking for a pair of her shoes at a price I could afford. They are the most comfortable pair of heels I have ever owned and worth every penny.

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