I never thought I'd make it to 10 shawls this year since, to be honest, I'm all 'shawled out'', and finding shawls to make has been something of a challenge. I have all these rules about which shawls I could or would make and I had so much criteria that I almost ruled out ALL shawls. Until this one, that is.
The Swallowtail Shawl was such a quick knit that I amazed my own self. It's amazing how the smallerr shawls knit up so quickly compared with how the big shawls seemed to take forever. I used some yarn from a company no longer inn business called Mystical Creations Yarn and they described it only as hand dyed fingering/lace weight wool, a size US #5 needle, and this is how it started:
This yarn is older than Central Park dirt and the color was still pretty vibrant (loud and screamy, in fact), but after washing and blocking, it toned itself down by a lot:
I'd say I like this shawl enough to keep it, but I don't. I like the pattern well enough, it was pretty easy to memorize, and it was certainly a worth it knit. I'll make it again one day, but I'll probably use a solid color. Now I'm going to have to spend some time looking for a home for it, which is no easy task.
Gotta say, though, I love blocking wires but I only used them across the top this time. I used pins on the points which aren't perfect, but good enough.
And in case you're on Ravelry, the yarn I used is the same yarn I used for the Daybreak Golds shawl:
My yarn magically replaces itself while I'm knitting, I think. How can I make two shawls with one seemingly small ball of lace and still have enough to make another shawl. It's a mystery.
On to the next shawl: Calais. Wish me a speedy finish!