Bows, bells, baubles and beads

The random thoughts and musings of Delle

10 Nov

Gradient shawl

This post, like it’s subject, has gradients. The first bit is spinning. If you aren’t interested in spinning, skip to after the second picture. Then we have knitting. If you aren’t interested in knitting, skip to the photo at the end. Unless you aren’t interested in pregnancy either. In which case, skip the post entirely.

I started with this fibre

Which was dyed in a gradient by Midnight purls. It’s Polwarth combed top, so lovely and soft. On getting this, I became determined to spin and knit a gradient shawl. The timing of me setting out to start this coincided with my learning how to spin long draw. So I decided to try a long draw spin on this, which is a great option for yarn for a shawl. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about the combed top when I started. Combed top isn’t the ideal prep for long draw, especially when you’re just starting out with long draw. So I went with spinning from the fold, which is still a long draw technique, just rather slower than my original plan.

Because it was my first attempt, it wasn’t the most even yarn I’ve ever spun, but I was still rather pleased with the result.

Now the knitters have joined us. Hello knitters! I picked the Seaside Shawlette pattern to knit this into. For the gradient, I really needed a triangle pattern, and I wanted a reasonably small repeat, so that I could add repeats as necessary, to make sure I used the full gradient. In the actual knitting, I added one repeat to the main body of the shawl. I had a bit of the grey yarn left over, but not too much, and definitely not enough to have added another repeat.


And for those who just want to see the bump, this is a picture I got my mum to take of my bump from the side whilst she was taking shawl pictures for me.


5 Responses to “Gradient shawl”

  1. 1
    Annika Says:

    Beautiful! (Just apply that to all the pictures.)

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    Cindy Says:

    Awwwww! I just want to run my hands all over your baby bump…except, even if you were here (or I there), I would not do this as I know many expectant mothers HATE that.

    The shawl is awwwwfully pretty too. I’ve been working on shawls quite a bit lately. I have one that’s finished and another that’s getting near the end. I’m already planning on the next one.

    As for the spinning, I don’t really know much about it but still find it interesting as I would love to learn eventually when I have something known as TIME.

    Delle Reply:

    @Cindy, if you were here you could definitely run your hands all over my bump. I don’t mind people touching my bump at all. Most people don’t touch.

  3. 3
    Claire Says:

    I think I remember shopping for that top! Good to see you looking so well, can’t wait for the news of their being less bump and more baby. Shaw’s cool too – my new after school club is ‘Knit and Natter’ – I now know lots about the buying of wool and needles (hard to find decent dpns, or standard ones that are exactly of a certain size)and have people knitting in registration 😀
    Claire´s last blog post ..I am mad

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    CosmicAvatar Says:

    Wow! If I’d seen that last photo before I saw mUrt’s latest entries, I wouldn’t have been so surprised to hear you were in labour. Where has the time gone..?

    (I hope for less bump and more baby soon too, given the marathon/pit-stop which seems to have been going on.)

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