Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Cries and Whispers

Shawl in progress
Originally uploaded by Asplund
One "wing" done, so the shape is clearer now. This shawl is actually very much like what I had in mind, which hardly ever happens. There's usually quite a big difference between project-in-mind and project-in-reality, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

An example of the latter is this cardigan I made for my sister some ten years ago. The two colours looked great when I held the skeins together, but knitted they ate each other up, and you can barely see the pattern. Stripes would have worked, but not this kind of pattern.

What irritates me most about it is that I saw what was happening and still refused to see it, hoping (as far as I can remember) that blocking would make a difference. Not very realistic... Still, I'm happy with that cardigan because my sister likes it. Recipients' reactions can make quite a difference!

Edited to add: the photo of the white shawl against the red background suddenly made me think of a beautiful but deeply unnerving Ingmar Bergman movie that has haunted me since I first saw it quite a few years ago. Perhaps I should rename the shawl "Viskningar och rop"? (English title: Cries and Whispers.)


Kuninganna said...

It,s lively!!

ylva said...

The shawl looks great,How is the plan with the nups ? the one that wasn´t made?

Asplund said...

Thank you, both!

Ylva: I did rip out a few rows and added the missing one. Later, I made one nupp too many! I didn't rip out rows then, but dropped the stich above it on purpose to create a ladder instead.

This has resulted in a rather big loop of waste yarn; I'm going to cut it and weave in the ends. Might make a good post, come to think of it!

Cecilia said...

It's wonderful!

Ing-Marie i Säter said...

Suck! Så fin den blir?
Vem ska få äran att äga den en gång? Eller blir det en vacker tavla i din inredning?

Asplund said...

Tackar! Vi får se var den hamnar till slut. Man kanske kan ha den som gästsjal att låna ut till frusna besökare om inte annat. Måste erkänna att det skulle bli lite svårt att skiljas från den trots att jag ju inte använder sjal själv!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning.

Anonymous said...

This shawl is gorgeous! Beautiful knitting