A few days ago I realized I'd never taken formal shots of the Leila shawl I knit in Laceweight Malabrigo so I took advantage of the gorgeous sunlight to get some good photos. The funniest thing happens to me with projects sometimes: by the time I get done knitting I've moved on emotionally from the design and I barely enjoy the finished item because I'm focused on the pattern-writing and photography stage of designing. Looking at this shawl a year later I can now appreciate just how nice it is! I can't wait for the weather to cool off so that I can wear this again . . .
Knitting the full-size shawl in laceweight results in a small shoulder-warmer shawl that's larger than a scarf. The great thing about laceweight is just how LIGHT the whole piece is -- wearing it feels like you're barely wearing anything but you still get the warmth of wool. And the Malabrigo lace has such a lovely hand that it feels like a luxury to get to wear it around your neck (well, not in 90+ degree heat of course).
I knit this particular design so many times that I feel like I could knit it again just from memory, and I actually have an urge to do just that! There is something about diagonals that really speaks to me design-wise, which I guess is no surprise given how often I use them in my designs. Looking at the border detail now reminds me how much fun it was to come up with it originally . . . and I'm currently working on two new designs that use diagonals, too.
Speaking of which: yes, my knitting ADD is just as bad as always . . . I am trying to focus though . . .
Pattern: Leila Shawl
Yarn: 2 skeins Malabrigo Laceweight in color 92, Little Lovely
Needles: Size US 3
Started: May 25, 2009
Finished: June 13, 2009