Xenon is the name of this colorway of Freia laceweight ombre, and I’m using it as the working name for this shawl pattern.
Finally after all the ripping back, I have the finished object! This was a fun and challenging knit, as most of these pattern rows are worked in lace, including the wrong-side rows.
I was working out the final lace pattern chart on the airplane, where I had conveniently not stashed my sketchbook, so I ended up charting Barbara Walker’s written instructions for this double motif, “Shetland Twins,” on a copy of the flight menu.
This time, I used blocking wires to block this shawl. It was much more efficient than my usual pinning technique, and while I am still debating about adding the extra give in the top edge, it turned out neater with less effort than previously blocked triangular shawls.
Now it’s time to pull it all together – including charting the second motif that I ended up inventing because the stitch count for the one I chose for some reason wasn’t working out.
It is in the low 90s here this week, so this light-as-air garment is the heaviest thing I can imagine working on!
What do you like to work on in the heat of summer? Or do you put your crafting aside for other pursuits?