I got my Annis shawl off the blocking boards yesterday. I do love how wetting and stretching knitted fabric can transform this:
Doesn't it drape beautifully? I really love Malabrigo yarn and this laceweight yarn is stunning. I have tried on the shawlette and I like it a lot.
However, I do have lots of this kind of scarf/shawl type thing, so I have decided to be good and put it into my 2011 gift stash. I do have someone sort of in mind for this item, so I know it will go to a good home.
As you can see from this photo, the nupps didn't really work very well on this pattern. I think I might not have blocked it in the most effective way. I won't write nupps off completely, based on how this one item looks, but I will be more inclined to replace them with beads in future.
Over all, this project was quick and quite simple (if you exclude the nupps) and the yarn was wonderful. I would knit the Annis pattern again, but maybe I'd go up a needle size. I had lots of yarn left, and I don't think the shawl is as big as it should have been. Basically I was lazy and didn't swatch. If the gauge had been correct then I think it would have been more of a shawlette, than a scarf.
So another lesson rammed home - practice what you preach CC, SWATCH, SWATCH, SWATCH!!!!
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