Friday, February 27, 2009

Estonian Garden Shawl

I've finished knitting another lace shawl. As with the other one, it took me months to do. I don't mind. This one was knitted using Harmony 100% wool, color HC03. The pattern is Estonian Garden designed by Evelyn Clark. It is 19 in X 66 in. I hope the photos show it off well enough. I am just learning how to photograph knitted lace.

I finished earlier this month and mailed it to a friend whom I wish I could wrap my arms around. This seems so inadequate but is the best I can do at this time.



 

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13 comments:

T. said...

Lovely!

rlbates said...

Thanks, T.

Penny Sanford Fikes said...

This is a beautiful, beautiful gesture of friendship! Your friend will feel your love and concern every time she looks at this or wears it!

Beautiful work! Irish knitted lace is the historic origin of this artform of very delicate knitting?

Your talent and sticktuitiveness is very inspiring!

rlbates said...

Thank you, Penny. I'm not sure of the history of the origin of Estonian Knitted Lace.

Celeste said...

WOW!!!!

I am just so impressed. I've been trying to learn knitting for the last two winters and haven't gone beyond scarves or blankets. Socks mystify me.

Nancy Bush has an Estonian sock pattern in an Interweave Press book of sock patterns that I bought. I did a little reading on her other books and found she has been to Estonia and Latvia and chronicled a lot about their knitting. FYI in case that helps.

Your Four Seasons project inspired me to dig out an applique project I haven't worked on in ages; I am working on the blocks in assembly line style and hope some will roll off the line this year!

Kudos to you for making such a wonderful gift for your friend! I know it is going to mean a lot.

rlbates said...

Celeste, thanks. I would love to see your work. Do you have a Flickr page or a blog or something? Please, let me know.

femail doc said...

The next best thing to arms--I'm sure she needs it now. What beautiful work you do at home and on the job, and always all of it from the heart it seems.

rlbates said...

Thanks, Judy. I hope it helps her just in even a small way.

Jabulani said...

This is truly beautiful. I love the fact that is wispy and makes me think of Irish folklore! You are soooo talented and your friend is so fortunate to be able to have a hug from you every time she wears it :) Another treasure.

StitchinByTheLake said...

The shawl is beautiful but the sentiment is even more beautiful. A friend knitted me a prayer shawl a year or so ago. I wrap it around me every day when I do my Bible study and I cannot tell you the feeling of peace that I feel because this friend cared enough to do this. blessings, marlene

rlbates said...

Thank you, Jabulani and Margarie.

Celeste said...

I don't have a blog or even a Flicker page, but am just started on Facebook. I should actually work on scanning some quilt photos to share either there or in email.

After I finish a wedding signature quilt for my niece this year, I'm going to make a Mariner's Compass quilt in batiks. The applique project is a really nice thing to work on in between; it's soothing. I totally swear by a small halogen light, a knockoff of the Ott light that I got at Staples for about $25. It makes ALL the difference in cutting back on eye strain for the tiny stitches.

rlbates said...

Well, Celeste, send me an email at the above link (please). Thanks. I would love to see your work.