I love the journey that is a shawl, the way it grows and transforms from such a little bit of yarn into such a fluttery delicate piece.
I've been knitting Ishbel, a shawl pattern from the fabulously talented Ysolda Teague. I love her patterns, she has such a fabulous eye or detail.
I've had this lovely skein of Lara Downs Kid Mohair, which is another of my local yarns, in my stash for a really really long time. I bought it on sale with no idea of really what to do with it. It was just too soft and lush to leave behind. It seemed to lend itself well to this pattern, although I was concerned about the yardage on the ball band, it seemed quite short for 100grams so I assumed it must be wrong. But no, I was wrong. And I ran out of yarn.
Luckily, I ran out just at the end of a lace section repeat with just the finishing section and cast off to go. I took a risk and decided to do the finishing in a creamy white merino. I looked like it may pick up the little bit of cream running through the colourway. It came out more of a contrast. But I like it.
So the transformation of the shawl looked something like this.
Blocking: washed and pinned out to dry.