FO: surprise swallowtail

swallowtail is done and currently blocking…

swallowtail shawl

swallowtail shawl

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl
Source: Interweave Knits Fall 2006
Yarn: Bristol Yarn Gallery Buckingham
Needles: US Size 4
Started: March 25, 2008
Finished: April 1, 2008
Modifications: only did 12 repeats of the budding lace pattern. other than that, pretty much kept to the pattern as written (it’s the first time i’ve ever knit from a pattern and had my result actually look like the reference)

the first few (hundred) times i looked at the charts, i nearly had a heart attack… but i figured you only knit one stitch at a time (unless you’re purling five together, that is)… and a week later she is blocking on my dollar store foam tiles. i found the pattern really addictive and amazingly quick. i was thinking of making a second one for myself but i don’t know if it’s my style. but i really love this one and i think my grandmother will too 🙂

in other news, the yarn basket in portsmouth, NH is officially carrying my double knit earflap hat pattern– both the “i ❤ new york” and “i love love” styles. i’m honored to have my patterns here– it’s an amazing little store and if you’re nearby i highly suggest stopping in and just checking it out.

and, in more awesome news, classes are over next week! aghlfksdak… one more of each goshdarned awful boring useless class, two weeks of finals, and i’m free to write patterns and knit all summer! and don’t think i wont 🙂 although to be honest it doesn’t seem like summer will ever come, as i look out my window to cold rain and mounds of snow taller than i am (you’d think yesterday’s rain would’ve melted ’em, eh? but no luck). i guess i’ll trust millions of years of common knowledge that spring and summer follow winter and just keep hoping…

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