Lilac Leaf Shawl

Kerry's picture

Just finished for a dear friend Libby is the Lilac Leaf Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush.

The yarn is Touch merino 2ply from New Zealand, the softest, most beautiful yarn I have ever knitted with. The needle is a 3.75 circ KnitPro wood, much better for me than nickel for lace. The size is 44cm x 166cm (17" x 65"). The pattern was well written and straight-forward once I learned to leave my nupps loose enough on the right side so the P7 tog was easy on the wrong side.

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Tom Hart's picture

That's really beautiful,

That's really beautiful, Kerry. A work of art. Superb craftsmanship.

I'm finding it interesting that so many of the guys here are getting into lace. But I'm finding it even more interesting that it's all knitted lace as opposed to crocheted lace. I'm wondering why that is. I'd always kind of thought that crochet was more suited to making lace than knitting. Apparently that thought isn't really true. In my Catholic childhood ladies in the parish and nuns as well used to make all manner of lace things for the altar and for the priests' vestments. It just seemed like all that stuff was crocheted and not knitted. Perhaps for a shawl, though, knitting would produce a better feel than crochet. Don't really know, just wondering...

MMario's picture

crocheted lace LED me to

crocheted lace LED me to knitted lace...I do want to get back to it - there are things that are much easier to do in crochet - lacewise- then in knit - but there is something fascinating with the knit process of lacemaking that just doesn't come with the crochet.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Both have their great

Both have their great points. I am always amazed at the number of men who knit - and design - lace. There must be a correlation to the precision it requires and the ways a male mind works. [Sounds plausible to me.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I was just thinking the same

I was just thinking the same thing Joe! Recently, I was walking a female student through some charts and trying to explain how to "read" her knitting. When I was done with my initial spiel she looked up at me and asked, "OK, can you now translate that into female terms and quit speaking like such a man?" I do have a very mechanical/technical nature which is why I love critical care, so I'm assuming that many of us here (male or female) who knit lace are also mechanically inclined. Maybe not? It's an interesting phenomenon. I would offer that maybe us gents aren't as intimidated by schematics and charts, but our gender is also well known for forgoing the instructions all together...LOL.

MMario's picture

I lace knitters are

I lace knitters are mechanically inclined then I must be the exception that proves the rule....I used to have to get my Mom to start the lawn mower for me. (It hated me and wouldn't start - she'd come out, fiddle with this or that and say - okay - try it now and the )&^&*%^*( thing would start on the first pull of the starter....)

TheKnittingMill's picture

Yeah, but we all know it's

Yeah, but we all know it's because of your enigmatic genius.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

True, very true, my friend.

True, very true, my friend. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Masala's picture

Kerry, that is a very

Kerry, that is a very wonderful and beautiful piece. I don't think I have the words to explain how much I appreciate the talent of knitting lace! Sid

bobinthebul's picture

Beautiful! Nupps....I

Beautiful! Nupps....I haven't figured out how to make anything loose enough to purl through 5, let alone 7. Good on you!

Slipped Stitch's picture

Another beautiful piece of

Another beautiful piece of lace work!!

Peace,
Eric

PaulJMC's picture

Wow Kerry, that is so fine

Wow Kerry, that is so fine and so beautiful.

CLABBERS's picture

I know that when I need an

I know that when I need an inspiration, all I have to do is come to this web site. Kerry, your talents always inspire me to try newer and more intricate patterns. It is an absolutely beautiful shawl. Your friend is a very lucky woman.
Mark

MMario's picture

ditto, ditto

ditto, ditto

Kerry's picture

Thanks guys for all you

Thanks guys for all you comments, the validation of all of you whom I admire and look up to means a lot to me.

superi's picture

That looks excellent! You do

That looks excellent! You do fantastic work, Kerry. I'm sure your friend loves it.

superi's picture

That looks excellent! You do

That looks excellent! You do fantastic work, Kerry. I'm sure your friend loves it.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Superb knitting, as always,

Superb knitting, as always, Kerry. I love the Lilac Leaf design as it is similar to Candlelight in Shetland lacework. I used this motif for the charity shawl I knit for the Montessori fundraiser here in Casper. I never did find out out much it sold for but I heard there was a minor battle over it. [The major bidding war was over the baby sweater I had designed and knitted...it was the prototype model.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

chipsir's picture

Kerry this is just

Kerry this is just beautiful, the funny thing is I was looking at this shawl last night, wondering if I had time to knit it......
great minds think alike or fools seldom differ lol.

MMario's picture

I turn green looking at

I turn green looking at Kerry's projects. Every time

TheKnittingMill's picture

Ditto!

Ditto!

Me three.

Me three.

MMario's picture

You can always do slip 6,

You can always do slip 6, p1, psso. or even slip 4, p3together, psso, or any variation.

ronhuber's picture

Absolutely gorgeous, Kerry.

Absolutely gorgeous, Kerry. And what a great model.

TheKnittingMill's picture

That's a BEAUTIFUL piece of

That's a BEAUTIFUL piece of lace Kerry and it's so nice to see on your friend! I'm sure she loved it. I just finished up the Aeolian shawl by Elizabeth Freeman and its first motif is that same leaf pattern.