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03 July 2012

Nan's birthday

 
The other week I had to take a break from my giant blanket of tiny patches (456 down, 216 to go!), to make a birthday gift.  I didn't particularly want to take a break at the time as I was getting on swimmingly with my little squares and I wanted to carry on going with the flow but, I'd been planning this pressie for my Nan for ages and I knew she'd love it, so a break is what I took.


I have the perfect yarn in mind for the project.  A lovely skein of Manos Lace (Vidia - 6670) that I've had for a little while, but the colours are just right for her.  All I needed was the perfect pattern.  In the end I settled on the Olso Walk Shawl by Susanna IC.

Fine yarn, beads and a delicate lace knit pattern couldn't be more different to the intense crochet squares I had been hooking up and actually it turned out to be a welcome interlude.


This shawl was a delight to make, adding all the teeny tiny beads made it slow work, but not unpleasant for that and the lacy pattern kept things nice and interesting.  I don't do an awful lot of lace knitting but it does make a lovely change of pace when it does happen.

It also never fails to amaze me, how the crumpled heap of knitting like this...



Can be turned into a gorgeous, patterned, fine and drapey shawl with just the application of a little water, like this...



That's one of the things I enjoy about knitting lace, the blocking part is so much fun.

In fact, I enjoyed everything about making this shawl so much, including the finished article, it really was quite a wrench to have to give it away.


I guess that just means I'll have to make it all over again one day.... but, I think I could bare that.



S x





23 comments:

  1. What a beautiful design. So delicate and I love the tiny beads. I bet your nana was so pleased to receive such a lovely and lovingly made gift.

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  2. The shawl is beautiful! Truly amazing. The recipient will be over the moon with it for sure :)
    xo,
    wink

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  3. Impressive ....love this yarn,the colour and the finishing touch to this beautiful lace shawl. Your Nan is going to be so happy.

    Amanda xx

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  4. Wunderschön! Material, Farbe und Muster. Mein großes Kompliment
    Liebe Rosaliegrüße ∙∙♥♥∙∙

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  5. Stunning, and beautiful workmanship!

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  6. Wowsers!
    That shawl is really beautiful. What a fabulous present to receive- your Nan will love it.
    Xx

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  7. so gorgeous! I envy the skill involved here, never been able to master it myself, but can admire the workmanship involved, beautiful!
    BH x

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  8. The shawl and the yarn are DIVINE!!! Such a wonderful gift.
    ♥ Ana BC

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  9. Sandra, this is such a beautiful shawl! Love the design, and what a wonderful gift!! Hope your week is lovely! xo Heather

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  10. Oh wow Sandra, you are an amazing knitter!! I can only hope one day I'll be half as good as you :-) Absolutely stunning, your nan is going to be delighted! xxxx

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  11. Wow! Your Nan is an extremely lucky lady to receive such a beautiful shawl. I must look at that pattern as I have bought some wool to make a shawl. Happy Birthday to your Nan. Best wishes, Pj x

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  12. What a beautiful shawl - your Nan is going to love it. I have never done any serious lace knitting but it looks fun especially with the little beads. Lily. xxx

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  13. Sandra that's so beautiful, a work of art.

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  14. How beautiful, your nan will love it. very inspiring

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  15. I`m happy i found your blog ,it`s so beautiful here <3

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  16. Oh my when your page opened in my browser with that gorgeous photo of wrapping paper I was giddy with excitement :) What a lovely gift it turned out beautiful I'm sure your nan just adores it. xx

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  17. The shawl is so beautiful Sandra, so delicate and feminine. I'm sure your Nan loved it.

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  18. That's so pretty ... lucky Nan :D

    I have a skein of Manos Lace I just can't settle on a pattern for, soooo frustrating as isn't it just the most gorgeous yarn!

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  19. Absolutely beautiful and a gift for any generation. IT looks very complicated and impressive!

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  20. What a fine, webby, wonderful work you are doing!

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  21. What a beautiful lacy shawl for your Nan. The addition of those little beads you added were a definite plus. What a gorgeous gift! Now you can make one for yourself!
    Have a lovely day! SandraB

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