The Pineapple Shawl is done, blocked, and ready for her photo shoot. The original pattern was for a place mat using size 10 thread and a steel hook. My idea was to use DK weight yarn - Dalegarn Svale, a cotton and silk blend that just happened to be in my stash - with a large hook - US size "I" - and add two repeats of the pineapple motif along each side to increase the length. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. The top edge folds down to become a shawl collar, the cotton/silk blend makes it the perfect weight for a summer wrap, and it can also be used as a cover for your legs when the breeze comes up in the evening as you're reclining poolside. All in all, not a bad little project.

I also finished spinning the 4 ounce mystery roving, then plied and set the twist. It's about 230 yards of woolly goodness at close to a DK weight.
This is the thinnest I've consistently spun through an entire roving. Navajo-plying gave me a chance to use the new lazy kate Dick made me. Isn't it gorgeous? The base is maple, the top 40-year old walnut. And it works beautifully. My old kate, that came with my Lendrum, was too light-weight and tended to slide toward me every time I pulled on the yarn. This one stays right where I put it and it also evens out the tension on the singles so they don't break as easily, especially when spun very thin. Love my new toy.


Deneen said...

Gorgeous shawl!