If you follow my shop blog, you have seen these photos already, so I apologize for the cross-post, but I am so happy to finally get to show off some of the hand-knits I've been working on this year, you get to see the pics again!
This is the Rappaccini's Garden shawl, which is the first in a set of 8 patterns I'm going to be releasing between now and September 1st. If you aren't familiar with the story, it's a Gothic tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne, you can read a version of it here. I suppose I have a bit of a dark and gloomy nature, since this has been one of my favorite reads since I was a teenager.
It's knit with 1 skein of Dream in Color Baby, which is 700 yards/100 grams of SW merino (colorway is Gothic Rose). It would work just fine with any heavier laceweight or even a light fingering-weight; Baby is somewhere in between those two yarn weights. The original took about 650 yards.
The construction on it makes it a fairly quick knit. You cast on at the neckline and work down to the hem. There are 5 sections - the left and right front and back are a fairly simple leaf lace, and then there are two narrow panels that run off the shoulders and down the arms with a pretty floral lace, which extends down onto the hem and forms the border.
I have to have a big shout-out to my photographer, Kristen (of Kristen Brooks Photography) and my gorgeous model, Tori (who also happens to be a knitter!) for these photos. It was in the 90s when we shot these, but you'd never guess it - Tori is such a natural behind the camera, and Kristen really "got" the vision inside my head for staging and was able to snag some fantastic shots of all the pieces in this group.
I'll mention there is a KAL happening for this shawl starting July 1st, if you have interest in knitting it - runs through September 1st, so plenty of time to knit it!
All for now....