Thursday, June 4, 2009

Res Completa: Simple Yet Effective Shawl

Yet another from my Spring of 1000 Shawls...


(Tan + cleavage = not me modeling)

Pattern: Simple Yet Effective, by Laura Chau
Yarn: 1 skein Noro Kureyon Sock, purchased when I met up with Barefoot Rooster last fall
Needles: US 4
Start to Finish: April 8-30, 2009

Notes: This shawl is exactly what it claims to be: simple and effective. Stockinette, garter, simple triangular shawl construction - that's it! The awesomeness of the Noro sock gives this shawl a kick (though it can truly be beautiful in monochrome as well). Instead of dividing the ball of Noro into two, I worked alternately from each end of the ball because I didn't want to have to worry about using one ball more than the other and having yarn left over at the end. This actually became extremely annoying. This yarn loves to twist around itself and curl up all the time, so having two strands in such close proximity to each other proved to be a bad idea in the end -- I was constantly having to stop and untangle. But the colors are gorgeous and I love how they blend into each other. For some reason the finished shawl reminds me of one of those craft projects I made when I was young at Nana's house that involved putting crayon shavings between two sheets of waxed paper and melting them with the iron.

My best friend (and roommate) from college came to visit from LA over Memorial Day weekend. Though one (including myself) might argue that northern and southern California are really two different states, they're not actually that far apart, but Karrah and I hardly ever see each other anymore. Lives too busy, work too oppressive, the usual nonsense. It was so wonderful to have a whole, long weekend to hang out and catch up, and when it was over I thought I'd send a little part of me back with her in the form of this shawl. It's not exactly the season for wool shawls down there, but hopefully she can at least look at it and remember with fondness our windy, grey, and freezing Memorial Day picnic at Dolores Park.

10 comments:

barefoot rooster said...

oh so pretty! hope you had a great visit with your best friend. Mine was here last weekend. So nice to just be in the same place, and it never happens enough.

CanarySanctuary said...

What a sweet backstory :) And lovely shawl! I've been admiring your Spring of 1000 shawls, if truth be telt, and am on the verge of casting on for one much like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

Gudrun Johnston said...

Gorgeous colours...love it!

hibou said...

Ooh, those colours really are lovely! Can't wait to see the other 9997 shawls this summer! ;)

the Lady said...

How sweet!

a friend to knit with said...

ANOTHER triangle! yippee!
and i sooo see the crayon shavings! and bet my kids will too........which reminds me......maybe i will have them make stars for the 4th of july. wouldn't that be great? then when libby knits herself something cool like this she will be reminded of how she made 4th of july decorations out of crayon shavings. cool. oh so cool!!
(glad you got some quality time with your friend!)

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That's so sweet. She will always have this shawl to enjoy and the memory too :)

Okay. You've convinced me. I need one of those too - LOL I've got some yarn in stash that has been searching for it's purpose.

Philigry said...

oh, i bet your best friend loves this. sounds like such a great weekend for you guys. i think this shawl is my favorite!

Journeying Five said...

i just finish making this for my mom and i quite liked it! i used noro silk garden instead of kureyon. your color is gorgeous!

hyeknitter said...

Love that shawl!