- Alison's "Wisconsin Wedding" Shawl: Mexican Wedding by Julia Trice
- Make.Do DREAM - Merino/Nylon/Cashmere
- Needle: US 7
- Start to Finish: February 9 - June 13, 2013
This is a stunning shawl, quite quick to knit on size 7 needles, and not at all difficult. Julia's pattern is wonderfully written. I have found the upper lace-to-stockinette-to-garter edge to be a bit "flippy" and would probably work out something different there -- possibly making the stockinette section a bit wider (there was plenty of yarn left over). It's lovely as a shawl, and I've also worn it wound more tightly to the neck like a cowl. Yes, it is currently in my custody.
- Mine is Frambuesa
- Make.Do BE - Merino/Nylon
- Needle: US 6
- Start to Finish: April 27 - June 13, 2013
Not happy with the stretchiness of my first "loose" cast-on, I ripped out the first version of Frambuesa that I knit and started again using a method by June Hemmons Hiatt in The Principles of Knitting. That resulted in a much better edge, and I'm delighted with how nicely the "points" look in these photos! This, also, was a well-written pattern and a very quick knit, also with plenty of yarn left over.
(Look for some commemorative red hexipuffs when that project is all said and done... someday!)
The patterns are available either individually, or as part of Julia's Mind of Winter Fire Collection, which also includes a beautiful pullover pattern.
I dyed the yarn once, knit the shawls, then over-dyed the finished shawls. The color turned out rich, deep, and luminous -- and pretty darn perfect.
Hm. I still need close-ups of my shawl!