Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Swallowtail Shawl(s)

The Swallowtail Shawl blocked beautifully.

It turned out just the way I imagined.

The yarn was a gift from Kate M. She purchased it from Art Fibers in San Francisco. They design and produce their own line of yarn and you can only purchase it from them. Mine is Valparaiso in color 7. It is 50% baby alpaca, 50% merino wool. I knit the shawl using Denise needles in size 5. The pattern is from the Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Knits

Can you even see the nupps? Once I started using a size 1 needle to pick up the 5 stitches to purl together, the nupps went smoothly.

Melanie and I had a mini KAL. This is her finished Swallowtail, knitted in a Jo Sharp 100% alpaca yarn (can't remember the name).

Didn't she do a beautiful job?

Check out my start on the Moonlight Sonata shawl over at the Elann Shawl Knit-along.

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Blogger benne said...

Oh, Cate! The Swallowtails are beautiful! I love the color you used (I'm partial to that color) and you ladies did a wonderful blocking job. Congrats to you and Melanie, just lovely, lovely knitting.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

Ahhh, alpaca & merino. My all-time favorite combo. Your Swallowtail is stunning, and turned out exactly as you imagined...imagine that!

8:37 PM  
Blogger Grace Yaskovic said...

beautiful shawls LikeJoan alpaca and merino are two of my favorites, and maybe angora!!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Baby alpaca and merino, Yum! The Swallowtails are lovely, and the pesky nupps are worth it in the end!

10:28 PM  
Blogger knitfriendly said...

Cate! They are both stunning. Magnificent job. I may have to get over my fear of all the talk of the nups and knit this shawl. Yours is such an inspiration!

10:49 AM  
Blogger jayne said...

Beautiful knitting, both of you. I like the colours of both of them too. That really is a lovely pattern, and I like that it is a smaller shawl. Even the pesky nupps enhance the texture of it.

I saw your start on Moonlight Sonata over at the KAL blog. You made it past the first repeat, that's a good start.

4:50 PM  
Blogger junior_goddess said...

They look beautiful, Cate!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Wow! Both shawls are gorgeous! Kudos to you both! :-)

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What beautiful shawls, Cate! I especially love the teal Swallowtail. Just gorgeous!

11:30 AM  

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