My secret knitting project has now been gifted - so I can give the grand reveal. Some of you all may remember my Christmas gift from Amber, lace weight yarn and a pattern for a triangular diamond shawl. I started this project while on our Mexico trip and finished it after a few late nights this past week. When I started this project, I didn't realize it would be a gift. But you knitters out there know that sometimes a project is meant for someone else. This shawl was meant to be a Mother's Day gift for my mother-in-law, Patty.
She loved the one I gifted my mother and being that I wasn't an avid knitter when she turned 50, we can call this a very belated gift. I'm sure it will get a lot of love and use. And I fully disagree with Chuck (my father-in-law), it does not make her look like an "old lady." If he only knew how popular lace knitting is right now!
Patty was so gracious to let me do an impromptu photo shoot.
It's not flawless, I can definitely look it over and find some areas where I managed to get a stitch out of line. It's only my second lace project, so I expected imperfection. But, looking at "the big picture"...it's pretty cool. Most importantly, it's a proper size to drape over your arms and keep the chill away.
And for the "before" pictures:
On the blocking wires.
I have to say, although deadline knitting is stressful, it was probably a blessing in disguise. By the end of this shawl, it literally took 15 minutes to complete one row. Realizing how much time I had left until completion was a little overwhelming. So, the bottom line is that I enjoyed the pattern and would like to make another, but no time soon! It's time to work on something a little less detailed, like my Sizzle top.