Aug 15, 2012

Yarn Along 23

I'm joining in Ginny's Yarn Along this week.

A while ago, I mentioned that I was test knitting a beautiful pattern for a designer, and I've been anxiously waiting to be able to share it with you.  Now I can!


Designed by Jean Chung, the Embrace Me shawl is a true delight to knit and wear.  Test knitting this pattern enabled me to use my one skein of Shalimar's Breathless, and I will definitely knit with this yarn again.  It's incredibly smooth, produces a drapey fabric (perfect for shawls), and a pleasure to hold on the needles. I've never knit with Shalimar before, and I bought this skein purely on a whim -- how great is that, right?



It was such an interesting experience to test knit this pattern as I wasn't provided with any advance photographs so I only discovered the various details and shaping as I knit along -- let me tell you, that was super fun!


Needing only 420 yards in fingering weight on US5 needles, this shawl makes a great quick knit.  I'll definitely be knitting another Embrace Me shawl for holiday gifts. Yes,I've decided to keep this little beauty for me!



As for reading, I finished Ghost at the Table while at the beach and it's a great novel -- the characters were well-developed and the family drama was one that I'm sure many of us can relate to. I liked this author so much that I've borrowed her second novel, A Perfect Arrangement, from my local library and will start that tonight. 

P.S.  Thanks for all the suggestions and encouragement to yesterday's post. I plan to call the LYS where I bought the yarn and hope they can send me the correct dye lot.  I'll keep you posted.

18 comments:

  1. You are right, that yarn has amazing drape! That sounds like such a cute way to test knit, not knowing how it was going to turn out, it reminds me of those neat mystery KALs.

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  2. It's beautiful....love the color of the yarn...

    Hopefully you can get the yarn to finish the sleeves...

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  3. I love the shawl! It's really brave of you to volunteer to test without ever seeing pictures. I don't know if I would do that!

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  4. Wow. That is super pretty- I love the shaping details.

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  5. So pretty! Glad you're finally keeping one for yourself too!

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  6. It's a really lovely colour. That yarn looks nice! And a lovely job of test knitting the pattern!

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  7. So beautiful Evelyn, just love the colour and it looks so soft... well done!

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  8. Its gorgeous!! what a beautiful colour.

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  9. I can see why you are keeping this for yourself, it's so very pretty!

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  10. absolutely stunning!! I love the detail, it's feminine without being lacy. Perfection.

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  11. Oh I love this! So beautiful. I'd keep it for myself too!

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  12. Gorgeous, Evelyn.
    I'm envious of your yarn variety. You're experiencing much loveliness and it certainly shows in your shawl today. The drape is just right!
    Our weather has turned a bit cooler and thoughts of wearing knits is dancing 'round my head.
    Yep, EMBRACE ME was knit for your sholders :^)
    hugs

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  13. Beautiful shawl! I do believe that test knitting is a lot of fun!

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  14. Beautiful! I have never test knitted but seems like fun!

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  15. This is so beautiful, Evelyn! And you have a great model ;-)

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  16. Beautiful FO, Evelyn. That yarn is perfect for this shawl.

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