February 03 2012 – thisisknit
For some time, we've known that this yarn was coming into the shop and we've been so excited. It's here now: Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, in twenty (twenty!) colours, and our excitement turns out to have been entirely justified. As soon as Jacqui got her hands on some, she started a Swallowtail shawl, and it's on display in the shop at the moment: This beauty took just under a single ball, which means it's economical as well as lovely. (And easy - Evelyn Clark's pattern is the ideal first shawl pattern, as well as being free.) Close up, you can see the wonderful stitch definition: It's the softest 2-ply laceweight, it knits like a dream, and it's versatile as anything. The first projects that come to mind are lovely open shawls and stoles, of course, but the pattern booklet also features lacy cardigans and shrugs - with larger needles, it will knit up fast into something delightful. So why not celebrate the end of winter by casting on some lace?
[…] talk a lot about shawls here – lovely things like Swallowtail and Aeolian and Ishbel. When you first come to knit one, though, the very start can seem puzzling. […]