FO: Flambé Shawl, Fire stone and water

I wish I could recall why this shawl received this name. I am sure it would make for interesting telling.

Pattern: Flambé One Skein Shawl by Michelle Miller — $6

Yarn: Machair 400 in Making Mischief by The Yarn Yard :

  • Fingering /4 ply
  • 70% Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere,
  • 437 yards per 100g
  • £16.50 plus p&p

Ravelry Project: Fire stone and water

Notes: Knit as written, bar a few goofs. Knitted on 4.5mm straight needles, using a DPN to add the edging

The moment that Natalie posted about the Making Mischief DTO lines, I was seduced. What colour! It called Lapis Lazuli to mind. I ordered up some fibre to spin, some socks yarn, and this Machair 400. I was already a  fan of the original Machair in laceweight.

The strong colour and fluffy nature of the yarn required a simple lace pattern and I thought that Flambé was just the ticket. I was not wrong, was I? I think that things worked out very well indeed.

I knit the pattern as written (apart from a few attention span errors). I was tempted to do extra body repeats but on reviewing the leftover yarn, suspect that I was correct not to. The pattern was quick and easy and rendered an elongated shape, more of a scarf than a shawl. I blocked it as close to a triangle as I could, given the fibre mix – which is nowhere near as forgiving as a pure wool would have been.

There are 18 grams of yarn remaining and I shall be using every last inch of it to make embellishments.

The shawl measures (very) approximately 52″ by 19″ (very close to the given measurements, actually) and weighs 83 grams.

It is to be given away as a thank you gift. It will be hard to let it go! The shawl is soft and warm but light, and the vibrant colours are most cheering. Somebody will no doubt make good use of it this winter.

What? The goofs? You want me to tell?!

OK. I admit it – I dropped a lot of decrease stitches when knitting in poor light, and I wasn’t very good at picking them up properly. Also, I knit the entire first side of the edging without remembering to slip the first stitch on the wrong side. Not only that, but I must have incorrectly knit the edging rows as I came up short of body stitches both on reaching the centre of the edging and at the end. I probably repeated one pair of pattern rows on each side as I didn’t bother ticking them off, it being an “easy” edging with just 8 rows per repeat.

I confess. I settled for fudging it. There are no knitting police! Oh, that’s right, there is a Knitting Police. Sshh – don’t tell.

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October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

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