Thursday, 10 September 2009

FO: Forks at Twilight

I think shawls are the perfect travel knitting. They only take one skein, they are never too heavy to drag around, and they are interesting enough to keep your attention while you sit in a car for hours on end. Over the Labour Day long weekend, I knit up this beauty: Pattern: Twilight/Gloaming Shawl Yarn: Estelle Arequipa, in 'Forest' Needles: 3.5 mm circulars Mods: I eliminated the beads, which were optional. I think the beads would be gorgeous, but I wasn't about to drag lots of tiny beads with me in the car and to the cottage. I do not bead fearlessly! This pattern comes in the full version and the shawlette version- I made the shawlette. Notes: I LOVED knitting this. Loved the pattern, loved the yarn. So much, that it only took me 3 days to knit. Oh yes, you read that right- 3 days. Admittedly, a lot of that knitting time was during the 7.5 hour drive to and from the cottage, and then during the lazy afternoons lounging at the dock. I named this shawl Forks at Twilight because I am a Twihard because the gorgeous, dark forest hue seemed like such a good match for a shawl inspired by Twilight. This shawl is the perfect solution for people who like shawls, but find all over lace a bit fussy. I have to note one of my favourite parts of this pattern- best damn shawl cast off I've ever seen. Seriously. This gave such a lovely edge, I'll never cast off a shawl any other way again. In other good knitting news, I was the lucky recipient of one of CanarySanctuary's summer funtime weekly giveaways! Check out the amazing project bag and treats that she sent:
  • Perfect project bag with compartments, needle holders, and even a rivet that allows for yarn to smoothly pull out.
  • Matching needle roll, with 3 sets of gorgeous bamboo needles
  • needle point protectors (oh, how my purse has been begging for these for years)
  • 2 skeins of Bell Vallee Wools, a soft cream colour and a lovely pale grey. So thick and woolly!! I foresee hats or mittens.
  • a little polar bear, perfect for guarding the knitting from would-be knitting thieves (Raaar!! stay away from the knitting!!)
Thanks, Teresa!! I love it so much!!

27 comments:

alice @quaintliving said...

Wow it is beautiful!

Phoe said...

Oh, I love it! :) Nice yarny package too, I especially like the bag.

RecoveringActor said...

Gorgeous! I think I have to add that to my queue.

Tanis said...

I want to try that bind off! Lovely shawl, the colour is stunning!

Adriana said...

You did a fantastic job with the shawl! It looks incredible! I can't believe you did it in 3 days.

Michele said...

Gorgeous shawl! Love the color & pattern.

CanarySanctuary said...

You are quite welcome!

I too do not bead fearlessly. Your shawl has turned out wonderfully, sans beads :)

soknitpicky said...

It is just lovely! And I think it wise not to try to bead in the car :-)

Clumsy Knitter said...

What a perfect little shawlette! So seasonally-appropriate, and I love the color! What's up with the cast-off? It looks like you just threaded the yarn through your live stitches...very clever!

mjm knitting said...

love the shawlette. the colour, the size and the cast off!

J. said...

Ooh, that's adorable! I, too, am a fan of the cast-off - and the triangular shawlette in general. They're so quick and functional!

monikita said...

From one Twihard to another, I love your shawl!!

Michele said...

Your shawl is gorge! I love it! The color is beautiful. And that cast off - totally cool.

NJ said...

Your shawl is lovely! I've never made a shawl but that one is more scarf like and I could probably use one like that. And your gift package is very cool. It's great getting stuff like that.

Delia said...

I agree about the shawls - I'm addicted as well!

Eliza said...

oh my gosh! so pretty! so saturated! such deep beautiful jewel tones!

sigh. loverly. i want one. or just that yarn!

yoel said...

Gorgeous! That yarn is perfect for the pattern, with the deep jewel tones.

Maryse said...

What a beautiful shawl and the name is perfect! The bind off is really neat indeed!

Cassiemarie said...

It looks soooo Lovely!! I am thinking of making this myself now.... :)

fingersandtoes said...

It's beautiful! I've been getting so much shawl inspiration lately, it's the one thing I haven't knitted yet.

Hilary said...

Just beautiful!!! And I love the Twilight connection. :)

Lindsey said...

whoa, three day lace? you're a beast!

angelknits said...

What a beautiful shawl and it only took a long weekend to make?! I love the yarn - it's a beautiful colour and I especially love the varigation! And OMG, the cast off makes the shawl's finishing so perfect.

Lucky you to receive all the goodies!

Salihan said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous shawl! I love the subtle colour changes. And congrats on being the lucky winner of those prizes! ^_^ me@salihan.com

Allison said...

Love the shawl - that yarn is absolutely gorgeous ;)

weezalana said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! I recently finished what I think may be my last shawl for a while, but will have to check out that bindoff!

Rima said...

This is so so so beautiful! I am loving the color! I just realized I have only made one blue knit for self.