Monday, April 2, 2012

Georgiana Shawlette

This shawl is named after Mr. Darcy's younger sister, Georgiana, from Pride and Prejudice. This is one of the many gorgeous projects found in Jane Austen Knits 2011. I just love this publication. The projects are feminine and frilly. This shawl was not very difficult. You can see that a good portion is made from just knitting and purling. The lace pattern is only a small part of the shawlette.

I'll have to say it didn't look very good while I was knitting it. It just sort of hangs and the lace pattern is hard to really see. However, the blocking is what transforms it. The directions were very explicit as to how wide each section should be. I washed it by hand and then wrapped it in a towel to absorb the excess water. I used a tape measure and pins to make the dimensions found in the pattern.
Not sure how well you can see this, but the shawl was pinned to my family room carpeting. I let it stay overnight. It dries rather quickly since the yarn is lace weight and very thin. It's made of 100% Merino wool. The directions actually called for 100% Merino wool sock yarn but I heard that lace weight yarn actually drapes better. I'm happy with the results!

I'm now knitting a pair of socks for my son. I had made him a pair years ago but he lost them in his apartment fire this past December. I bought the exact same yarn so they should look just like his old ones.

10 comments:

  1. "This shawl was not very difficult"??!!
    Wow, it sure looks like it was.

    It's really beautiful, and such a pretty color for it. Can't wait to see it.

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  2. Rosemary - Your shawl is beautiful. We need a picture with you wearing it :)
    Linda

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  3. Gorgeous! I love the pattern and the color you have chosen!

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  4. Wow Rosemary, the shawl is absolutely exquisite! Do enjoy wearing it: I'm sure you will be showered with compliments! Happy knitting!

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  5. Beautiful shawl... It looks soo difficult! I was thinking about something you mentioned in a post below. You mentioned your machine 'eats' fabric. Mine does that too but recently someone gave an advice on how to avoid it by starting with a folded pice of scrab fabric and then follow closely with the quilt pice right after - like chain sewing. When done, just cut of the folded scrap and re-use. It works perfect for my machine - the threads dosn't jam this way.

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  6. That is a gorgeous shawl! I love the color and the beautiful lacy pattern. That is sweet of you to knit your son another pair of socks just like the ones he lost in the fire.

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  7. Beautiful shawl! I've been considering Jane Austin Knits, but I keep reminding myself I'm not doing all that well at actually completing my socks!

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  8. That is a gorgeous shawl! How long did it take to complete it?

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    1. Welcome to my blog! I hate to say that I'm not sure how long it took me! I would say close to 2 months. I work part time so the days I work I rarely sew or knit. It's not a real hard lace project. I love knitting lace. It's so neat to see the pattern develop. I hope you enjoy my blog. Visit often!!

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