I am totally exhausted at the moment. I don't know why. I think it might be a virus, but I have no other symptoms. One night this week, I couldn't even knit because the project felt too heavy! As a result I haven't taken photos yet of my lovely new shawl. Oh it is gorgeous, but you will have to wait until next week when I will hopefully be able to stand upright long enough to capture it's glory in digital representation.
As I have no new photos I thought I would share some older photos with you. I never did show you the finished Daybreak Shawl because Knit and Crochet Blog Week got in the way. There was one photo as part of a collage, but not a full on "ta dah" type post. So here, in all it's belated gorgeousness is my Daybreak Shawl.
It is really hard to capture how fluffy, light and warm this shawl is. The Lang Jawoll Magic sock yarn is fantastic and I'm so glad I bought another skein, as I think I might do another version of this one day.
I ran out of the contrast colour and had to use the main colour for the last row and cast off. I think it actually looks better, having that flash of colour on the edge of the shawl.
This shawl is a really good size, and hugs your shoulders when worn. I have it by the sofa for when I get a bit chilly in the evenings as it keeps me just warm enough without causing me to overheat. I love the simplicity of the of the design and how effective it looks, in yarns that have long colour changes in them. This would be a totally different shawl in two solid colour yarns. I always think that Stephen West designs should be easy to work out how to do yourself, but, no else did. He is the man with the vision, and as such I do not begrudge paying the pattern fee.
Moving away from knitting, I realise I didn't share the jewellery I made for my sister in law's wedding. I made a matching set of earrings, bracelet and necklace with pendant. I chose black and red colours to go with both of my outfits over the weekend, the black and white polka dot dress, and the red frock I wore for the evening celebrations.
I'm sorry this photo is not as clear as it could be, but you get the general idea. To hang the glass drop beads, I attached them with three links of fine chain. This was the first time I had used this particular type of design and I'm pretty pleased with it.
The bracelet and the necklace use the same type of chain, which I find really elegant and interesting. I made the bracelet very simple, with just a leaf and vine ornamented bar and loop closure.
I love how simple this bracelet is. I contemplated adding other beads and decoration to it, but I knew that would ruin it.
The necklace is also quite straightforward with the same chain as the bracelet and a single drop pendant.
The pendant uses a large heart shape glass bead, and black glass beads that I also used in the earrings.
I am so happy about this set, and it reminded me how much I enjoy playing with pliers and wire. I ought to do it more often, but yarn tends to get in the way a bit!
To take a look at some more recent finished objects, click on the button below, I'm sure you will enjoy what you find!