Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Yarn Along - The Denim Elizabeth Shawl

Once I finally settled on what I was doing with the colors, twill structure and sett, the rest of the project went off without a hitch.  Actually, the entire project from dyeing and combing to spinning and finally weaving was completely enjoyable.  I think it does look like denim and I'm giving myself an A for creating and using c-o-l-o-r :-D.



I was worried there were too many white stripes, but side by side, it's probably not far off.  I wish I'd had a little more of the very light blue yarn, but again, it's not too far off.  The brown stripes can be either to match the pocket stitching or the dirt that is inevitably ground into my clothes just minutes after I put them on ;-).


The orange stripe on each edge is to match the side seam stitching and hems.


And this beautiful shawl pin (made by a friend who didn't just create the pin, but made the glass beads as well!) nicely represents the coppery/brass button.


My biggest fear in weaving a shawl was that it would end up thick, stiff and blanket-y when I wanted light and drape-y.  I worried a bit about how loosely woven this was, but I had confidence in the yarn and it came out just as I wanted. 

Thanks, Elizabeth!  I had a great time and, as always, learned a lot.  A great project :-).

Edited to add:  fiberpusher wanted to know the shrinkage after fulling.  Just off the loom and before fulling (which I do in the washing machine) the shawl measured 20" x 86".  After "washing" it measures 17.5" x 80.5".  It weighs 8.8 ounces.  There are 6.2 ounces of yarn left for another project :-).

My book this week is The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg.  After last week I wanted something completely Pollyanna and this definitely fit the bill.  Nothing earth shattering, but a completely enjoyable story.  Perfect :-).

Joining in with Ginny...



25 comments:

Karen Paulson said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Michelle said...

So lovely, Sara! Wear it and enjoy!

tpals said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Far Side of Fifty said...

You nailed it

Grey Horse Matters said...

The shawl is beautiful! Great job.

Benita Story said...

You have every right to be proud of this. It matches the jeans perfectly. I am very impressed. Yes, definitely a A on this. I can't wait to see what you create next and with whose fleece.

MarmePurl said...

Love Love Love

Lady Fi said...

Fabulous shawl!

Shirley said...

It's beautiful and sure does look like denim!

JaneJMtl said...

Wow! It’s glorious, Sara. Wear it proudly. (And the pin... Your friend is super talented, too.)

Linda said...

It's perfect! Great color.

Marcy Doane said...

A++++++++ on your shawl project! The color is so perfect. That shade of blue is my favorite. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Tracy said...

That is really pretty.

LannieK said...

Absolutely beautiful! From the colors to the weave ~ Queen Elizabeth would be smiling, and yelling quite noisily at you :-) The pin is such a perfect accomplement. You'll enjoy wearing this one!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Helen

Susan said...

It is BEAUTIFUL!

Cheryl West said...

A really lovely shawl and a hug from Elizabeth every time you wear it.

Vivian Watson said...

That is a beautiful and perfect shawl. Wear it proudly!!

Henny Penny said...

It is absolutely beautiful! It's perfect!

Karen Haggas said...

Absolutely. Stunning! Thank you for inspiring so beautifully!

Judy said...

Wow, that's quite lovely! Well done, I love the open sett and the colors that you chose. The brown and white add a nice contrast to the blue. Lucky you to have such an unique pin, that's a nice addition to your shawl. Have you worn the shawl yet? Photo op time?

I need orange said...

It's beautiful. Nice work. :-) :-)

ps -- always glad for book recommendations that are not fraught! Will check this one out.

I need orange said...

Forgot to say -- perfect pin! :-)

Renee said...

Spectacularly done! - your shawl is just lovely, and letting us in on your thoughts about the design brings the details to life. Do you have a project picked for the Olympics?

Marilyn F. said...

What a wonderful match of color you achieved between scarf and jeans. Very pleasing to the eye.

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