It's finally done!
As you can tell, I've been digging deep recently to get some of these long-term WIPs off the needles. After a LONG hiatus, I picked up Frost Flowers and forced myself to finish the border, which by the way, takes FOREVER. I'd estimate it took over 2 hours PER SIDE to knit a silly 20 stitch border. It's unbelievable. I kept thinking, "I must be done by now" and yet I never seemed to get any closer!
I did manage to do it eventually though, and then I gave the shawl a nice dunk in Soak and blocked it with my blocking wires, see:
It took a long time to get the sides straight, since they are too long for the long wires (I used two for each side). Before blocking the square was 30" across each side, after blocking it is just over 40" on each side.
And here's the official FO shot:
When I first took it off the floor, I caught a glimpse of it in my mirror and literally gasped. In my head I thought, "I can't believe I made this!" It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful thing I've ever knit. Also the hardest, natch.
I'm really happy with how it turned out (in case you couldn't tell), so happy in fact that I took it with me to work today to show off!
I might frame it and hang it on the wall . . .
Pattern: Frost Flowers & Leaves Shawl from A Gathering of Lace
Yarn: 7 skeins Koigu KPM in color 1160
Needles: US size 4 circulars & one DPN for the border
Started: February 12, 2006
Finished: July 18, 2007
Good god, that’s just gorgeous. I’m smitten. Congratulations!!
Wow — it’s absolutely beautiful. Don’t frame it, just wear it with pride!
This is so stunningly beautiful – a real piece of art indeed! You’ve knit it up so perfectly, and I just love the colorway you’ve been using! This one’s a real winner – congratulations!
Wow. Isn’t blocking lace magic? I love your color choice.
That is such a beautiful piece. Great job. I love the color. I would frame it too.
Lovely! The way all of the pieces of this pattern fit together to make the design is amazing. Wear it well!
It’s beautiful Ivete! What’s next?
Its drop dead gorgeous!!! i know that feeling of thinking you must be making progress and then seeing you have so much more to do HOW COULD THAT BE…I just moved and the boxes don’t seem to be disappearing.
I miss seeing you-read about your friend..sending supportive hugs.
Wow! You’re on a role! It looks amazing. I want one now.
It’s beautiful! Congrats on getting it finished. Gives me motivation to continue working on mystery stole 3.
July 26, 2007
Frost flowers is gorgeous. The color is so beautiful too. Gratz on getting the border on. Wowzer.