Thursday, 18 September 2008

FO: Fino Kiri Shawl



Kiri Collage
Who knew I had the discipline to knit a lace shawl? When I joined the Ravelympics for motivation even the most optimistic parts of me were skeptical. A shawl in 16 days? I'm lucky if I do my laundry once in 16 days let alone a few THOUSAND stitches. But I did it and past the finish line successfully!! So here she is, in all her silky alpaca glory
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Pattern: Kiri Shawl by All Tangled Up Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist - Fino Needles: 2mm/3mm Knit Picks Options Notes: I read the pattern through a few times to decide if I liked the charted or written instructions better and I went with the written. I enjoy non-charted projects more because when I'm memorizing the pattern I can read it faster and retain the row in my head easier than a bunch of squares with squiggles. After the first few repeats, I was in love with lace and in love with Fino beyond measure. The sheen of color the baby alpaca has is incredible! At $30 a pop it's an expensive fiber but one that I will buy again and again. Oh, and I tried a blocking technique that failed to impress me. Everyone knows about using string as blocking wires right? I followed the directions to a T after Jules reminded me of the cheaper alternative. While I did get a straight nape line, the amount of pins I used would have yielded the same results anyways. I'll save the time next go around. Modifications: I used 2mm needles for the body of the shawl and 3mm to bind off. I did exactly 12 repeats.
FO Kiri Shawl Jen & Tobes @ Trinity Bellwoods
Photography: Visualbass The Kiri photoshoot took place in Toronto's beautiful Trinity Bellwoods park, which is conveniently just a few blocks away from my home.
Trinity Bellwoods I saw some knitted polar bears in a baby boutique window. $60 for this cute little guy-yikes. Knit Polar Bear I apparently have a tiny head, some might say baby sized! Fire Marshall Jen Valkiri Get it? I'm a Valkiri

29 comments:

Hilary said...

Well done -- it's absolutely gorgeous!

fingersandtoes said...

I for one am impressed!

Tanis said...

Your Kiri is gorgeous. Congrats on 12 repeats in 16 days! That's impressive!

granny said...

wow, that looks awesome!!

such a good job on that shawl!

CanarySanctuary said...

It's so beautiful! Thanks for the yarn rec.
I love the "valkiri" joke. Excellent :)

angelknits said...

What a Gorgeous Kiri Shawl! I am actually using the same yarn to knit the Icarus Shawl but it's hibering right now as I got bored in the repeats. I should have joined the Ravelympics!
Perfect timing for the new shawl as it gets cooler in Toronto!

soknitpicky said...

Gorgeous shawl, gorgeous pics!

Michele said...

It turned out beautiful!!!

Ilix said...

Beautiful piece! I am in awe of your time frame! 16 days.... fantastic.

Cirilia said...

I love the nose crinkle picture ; )

Cirilia said...

I didn't mean to wink. That's a little creepy of me.

Siga said...

I love these pictures! I can't stop looking at them!
And the shawl is wonderful as well.

the Lady said...

Whoa. Great fo pics.

petra said...

Simply beautiful! I'm contemplating my first lace project and I'm feeling inspired by your gorgeous FO... and gorgeous pictures!!

Pam said...

So lovely -- great photos. And congratulations on finishing in Olympic time!

Aesderina said...

wow that's such a beautiful shawl (nice pictures!!!) .. i can't believe you knitted it in 16 days.. that's amazing..

sinensis said...

Great looking shawl. I'm so happy it worked out so well for you!

I remember after finishing Icarus I felt like I could do anything too. Congrats on feeling the knitting mojo again.

Phoe said...

Gorgeous shawl and great pics!

Wine and Needles said...

AMAZING!!!!

Hilary said...

I know you've already received this award but, well, I love your blog so thought it fitting to nominate you for the I Love Your Blog award. Happy Friday!

Marce (BrownBerry) said...

This was a veritable FEAST for the eyes, photography, model, Kiri, background. Like a visual dessert!!

P.S. LURV the new blog photo of TeamKnit!

sulafaye said...

Just beautiful! I hope you enjoy your lighthearted fiber fling to the hilt.

Caeline said...

Looks beautiful! That colour is perfect for the season.

Question: Do you find that the alpaca is sheddy when you knit with it? I've used two brands of alpaca, and I've got other sport/lace weight sitting in my stash and they're all super sheddy. I was wondering if that's just me or if alpaca is by nature really light and fly away.

Anyway! Again, your FO is lovely!

Girl Kae said...

What a beautiful post - gorgeous photos, model, and gorgeous shawl :)

lekkercraft said...

Beautiful shawl and photo shoot. And congrats on having a FO! It's quality, not quantity, for sure!

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous gorgeousness! And love the photos

Erin said...

Totally stunning. Great photo shoot too!

windloop said...

The shawl is beautifully done!! love the color and you photo are absolutely gorgeous!!

petrina said...

What a beautiful shawl! I always thought the Kiri was a bit boring, but it looks stunning- especially with your yanr of choice