As some of you know, my dear friend (and now former coworker) Mel is getting married this fall. I wanted to knit her something pretty for the occasion and as she picked a strapless dress for her November wedding and I had a great big cone o' ivory colored lace, a shawl seemed like the best option.
Hence the Aeolian Wedding Shawl:
This pattern also comes in smaller versions for the not-so-adventurous.
Here's a close-up of the edging:
At the request of the bride, I did not incorporate beads into this shawl. I was a little relieved, to tell you the truth. I'll tell you a little secret: I've never knit anything with beads and it makes me a little nervous! At some point, I will have to knit a little something and learn to incorporate beads, but this was not the project on which to learn beading.
My shawl also came out a bit smaller than the larger version was intended to. It's about my wingspan wide (67") and maybe 35" tall. I think this is because I didn't check my gauge before and on a size 2 needle, the whole thing came out smaller than it was supposed to. Oh well! It covers her shoulders and should keep her bare shoulders warm--I hope!
I love the yarn, too! It's Valley Yarn's 2/14 Alpaca Silk, basically 1750 yards of lace on a giant cone. I had enough for a shawl for my wedding, this wedding shawl, and still have about 250 yards leftover. Crazy, right? I think I will make those leftovers into a pretty cowl. What do you think?
In any event, I have already passed this shawl on to the lucky bride and she was very pleased with the result. I can't wait to see it with her lovely dress! Congratulations Mel on your upcoming wedding! I hope all your planning goes smoothly!!
For next time, I've finished the Lizette pullover and plan to take some pictures tonight. Check Ravelry later!