I am finally able to share with you the finished pictures of the shawl I knit for my Mum's Christmas present. My Mum has always said that my Lily's Slice of Pi Shawl is the nicest thing I've made. She adores it. She has obviously been hoping for one herself. One slight problem is her allergy to lanolin. She can handle wool but if it rubs on anywhere like her neck or wrists it would flare up in a painful rash. This is obviously a problem. I solved it by going Posh! I treated my Mum (and myself as the knitter) to some Posh Yarn Audrey Lace. It was delicious.
The yarn is comprised of 60% silk and 40% cashmere so it is supremely soft and has a glorious sheen to it. I've have never knit with anything nicer. It was a pleasure to knit this shawl from start to finish. This yarn really seemed to suit the pattern and it turned out beautifully.
You may be able to see a slightly variation in colour on the edge of the shawl. That is because I ran out of yarn. I knit the ruffle until all the Audrey was gone and then I used some GarnStudio Drops Lace to knit the garter stitch edging, as I told you about in a previous post. I think it works really well, and has given the ruffle some of the depth I loved in the original, even if it didn't quite reach it.
It's been really hard to photograph this project, to it's best advantage, because the light in the UK at this time of year is poor to say the least. But, I hope some of these convey how much I LOVE this yarn.
I do enjoy knitting this pattern, and this project was definitely worth the repeat of knitting it, for the expression on my Mum's face when she opened her Christmas present. I do believe there may have been a hint of a tear in her eye. I think this will be the last one for a long time though as I want to work on my new patterns.
One other thing knitting this shawl did give me, was the experience of working with some gorgeous yarn. It was so gorgeous, I had to buy some for myself! Now, what to knit with it?
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