Flower Basket Shawl

I long to knit intricate lacey things, or atleast items more complicated than a little stuffed toy. Sadly, my regular schedule doesn't really permit this, as I don't have enough time to sit and concentrate on a complicated pattern, and I certainly couldn't take it with me and work on it in between appointment. Thankfully, this vacation time has allowed me to finish my Flower Basket Shawl, and I must say I'm very proud of the end product.

The pattern is from Interweave Knits, Fall 2004 issue, but I somehow downloaded it in .pfd form for free. I can't seem to find this file anymore, but if anyone's interested in making their own, I could try to email it to you? Trust me, this shawl was so much fun to make, it's really worth your effort!

So here it is, pre-blocking, rather curly and unimpressive on my bed…


Oh, and do you see that little thread to the side of it? That is litterally all that's left of the yarn. I was so scared I would run out at the very end, I was having a nervous fit as I bound off! It used exactly 6 skiens of Cotton Classic (With the yarn doubled-over) for a grand total of $36. I know that this may seem pathetic, but that's the most I've ever paid for a single project. As you can see, I usually make really small things from cheapo acrylic, because it doesn't matter if a knit vegetable isn't so soft, for example.

So anyway, I layed it out to block yesterday…


…And was certainly rewarded for my patience.


I really love this shawl. Nevermind that I have no clue when it'll get worn, it's exactly what I was hoping for. Beautiful, elegant… and PURPLE. I swear, I was practically seizing when I saw how rich this hue of yarn was at the store. I think it's perfect for this pattern.


And now I have a reason to use my brand new brooch!