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The knitting love is back, featuring the Friendship shawl

This autumn has in many ways been a demanding one. The puppy has brought lot of happiness into what otherwise would have been a quite grey and though period, but he of course did bring with him a lot of work. As a result, the knitting love has been quite absent all autumn long, a fact you sure have seen in my very infrequent posts. They have been infrequent because there has been no knitting going on. But last week, I don’t know why, but I could feel it return, first as just a small tickle, and then in bigger force. Yesterday after our older daughter’s birthday party I picked up my needles and continued knitting on my second Swallowtail shawl. I had cast on almost right after finishing Ene, but never got very far. Now I have finished twelve rows of the bud pattern, wow!


The weather is still greyer than grey, and it's raining

The yarn for this Swallowtail (remember, I knitted one back in February) is Wetterhoff’s Sivilla, a lovely merino-silk yarn, and I'm using 3,5 mm Addi circs. I have three skeins and my plan is to make this Swallowtail a bit bigger than the first. I have from several sources heard that five more repeats of the bud pattern are what are needed in order to make the second pattern work out even. That will of course bring me many, many more nupps to finish, but on the other hand, I’m in no hurry.

The yarn for this shawl was bought back in October together with the same friend who received the first Swallowtail. I've decided to call the shawl the Friendship shawl, as a reminder for myself of what friendship can be.

" A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."
- Arabian Proverb


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I've had knitting lulls that lasted years! About 12 years ago, I gave away all my old Knitters magazines and donated many of my knitting books to the library - What was I thinking???
When the desire returned, it returned with vengeance!

How pretty!

Moikka! Ihanan väristä sivillaa, siitä tulee kaunis huivi! Suloinen koira sulla, taputuksia ja silityksiä Luddelle!

Glad you are back!

Good to hear from you again, Maud. You have made quick progress on the shawl.

I'm glad you are able to break away from knitting for a while . This proves you are not addicted!! Welcome back to knitting land--your shawl will be beautiful

That is a lovely shawl you are knitting. Its nice to see you again!


I have a question. Do you mean 5 more repeat of budding lace 2 will make the second pattern work out more even? I'm just starting my first one and I'd like to get started out right. Thanks!

course, this is my first lace pattern, and I'm struggling with my second repeat of the budding lace 2 and how you make the pattern repeats work...




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