once upon a time, a designer cast on for a large lace shawl project. the design she had in mind was to be quintessentially victorian—all stripes and rosebuds, with a nod to the larger natural world, in a hem ringed with wasps, their noses buried in roses.
the project got off the ground with the usual enthusiastic start, but somehow kept falling prey to life’s little detours—the yarn became discontinued, she couldn’t seem to engineer the hem she envisioned, and travel interfered with her work on it. nothing seemed to be going its way!
suddenly (or so it seemed), she realized it had been on the needles almost two years. well that just wouldn’t do, now would it? so she gathered her thoughts, finalized the pattern, and set back to work with fresh vigor.
(don’t tell kim i said this, but i love how she looks like a sassy, windblown sea captain’s wench in these photos!)
once she was back on track, it took almost no time for the piece to be done—she will never know what her hangup was to begin with. it turned out lovely; she was pleased. people started asking for the pattern. she got some new yarn support and asked a trusty test knitter to work with her on the sample.
and a second one came to life. albeit with bumps in the road of its own, but all’s well that ends well; we finally brought the project home (an barely any corrections to the pattern, a miracle!).
shown above, the petite shawl in lux from the buffalo wool company, a lustrous bison/cashmere/silk/tencel lace yarn. lux is being replaced by sexy, a lace yarn blended from just bison and silk, which knits to the same gauge and performs very similarly.
shown below, the tall size in fibre isle kami bison, a bamboo/merino/bison lace blend in colorway rose petale. this yarn has been discontinued, but i do see it here and there in yarn shops and trading threads; you could get lucky and find some.
this pattern would also be gorgeous in treenway silks carmela, a wild muga silk lace yarn which was very popular with our barenaked club members last summer.
many, many thanks to ron and theresa miskin of the buffalo wool company for helping out with yarn support at the eleventh hour; we are so grateful for their contributions to this project. i’m very much looking forward to working with them more in the future. thank you!
i am so thankful to have had the opportunity to knit with fibre isle yarns and so sad that the company is no longer in business. sylvie and jacque toupin were wonderfully supportive of my work and extraordinary yarn engineers. their yarns are some of the loveliest i have ever knit with; they are missed!
many thanks to our test knitter vanessa, who churned out our sample so fast it made my head spin. it is only due to her speed and diligence that the pattern is ready today; we love you vanessa!
i am constantly amazed and grateful that so many of my friends enjoy and are willing to model for us. these lovely women share their time so we can truly experience the garments in action—aren’t we lucky? this time it was susie (in blue) and our dear kim3 (in pink). let’s have a round of applause for them . . .
ok, so how about a few more pictures?