Saturday, April 21, 2007

Unassuming

grey blob,and then the magic happens. It's the Swallowtail Shawl from the Fall 2006 Interweave Knits.

I decided to do this project after I found out that my grandma is going to be visiting my family in Atlanta for a month, and I wanted to make her a gift that would be fitting for this amazing woman that raised her children during the Korean War and has this amazing history. I can hardly communicate with her because I speak very little Korean, but hope this gift can convey how much I admire and respect her.

From the moment I cast on, I knew this was going to be a different kind of project. I've never tackled lace before, much less with Kidsilk Haze. It's so light and airy it catches on the slightest breeze, and it has this wonderfully soft halo around the core. I find myself holding my breath till I get to the end of a row and find that I've counted the stitches correctly, although that will get harder as the rows get longer. I'm loosening up though, and going with the flow of the yarnovers and decreases, it's definitely a challenge, but it's a refreshing change from the mind numbing countless diaper changes!

7 comments:

jessie said...

Wow. You are a brave woman. I have too much fear of lace, especially with that yarn! But it's beautiful.
What a nice gift.

Jofrog said...

Impressive, and such a nice thought. I hope Robby lets you get some good knitting time in. Nap baby, nap!

Faith said...

I always love it when people "revisit" previously blog-trendy patterns. I've been giving this a lot of thought and am looking forward to your progress updates!

Anonymous said...

The only way to deal with KSH is head on! Good for you. The end result will be beautiful, and just think of how your grandmother will treasure it!

- MJ

Julie said...

What a wonderful gift for your Grandma! She is going to love it and it will definitely convey your love and respect for her.

Jo said...

ok. seriously now. i am jealous.

tiennie said...

What a fantastic present and way to honor your grandma!