Monday, October 3, 2011

Semi-Precious Shawl

My friend, Athie, is a very talented woman.  She has spun great yarn out of the amazing fiber she's acquired for the nearly two years since she started spinning.  And, much to my joy, has given some of that yarn to me. 

You may remember the skein she gave me for my birthday last year.  Beautiful magenta colored yarn spun from 100% Targhee from Enchanted Knoll Farms.

Also during the last year she has given me several other skeins, but each skein came with a condition. "If you want to keep getting my handspun, you must design a shawl with some of the yarn I've given you and submit it to KnittySpin."  I have to admit that could just be the way I heard it.  She may have said something along the lines of, "You know, you could use some of my handspun to design something for KnittySpin."  I guess it's just a case of she says potato, I say "mmm, french fries!"

Regardless of wording, and considering how much I love her hand spun yarn, I got right on it.  I'm happy to say that not only was I able to design a shawl for the lovely handspun yarns that she'd given me, but it was released in this season's (Deep Fall 2011) KnittySpin!

The Semi-precious Shawl

The Magenta Targhee version. (I'm thinking Amethyst.)

The Wood Elves wool and silk version. (I call it Jade.)

The Mango Lassi wool and silk version. (A little gold to accent the jewels.)

I'm not much into jewelry (don't get me wrong, I'm a girl so I still like to look at it and watch it sparkle, but I don't really wear it).  These pieces, however, I would happily wear (except the green one because I'm going to give it to Athie for Christmas, but that's our little secret.  Right?). 

Hooray for fibery friends,

P.S. All three colors of fiber were produced by Enchanted Knoll.


Holly said...

Beautiful shawl. I especially love how the diamonds and mesh fit together along the bottom edge.

Sue said...

WOW! All three shawls are stunning. The yarns, pattern and colours really compliment each other.

Annika said...

Hello Joyce! Thank you for a so nice shawl-pattern! I finished my version of the "Semi-precious shawl" some weeks ago. It was really fun and easy to do, it went so fast, and I will probably do one (at least) more. Here is some pictures of mine:
Regards from Annika in Sweden

Ellen said...

I love this shawl and want to make another. Can I make it larger by adding on extra repeats of one of the charts?