I started the Icarus Shawl to show solidarity for my friend Bonnie, who has taken up the needles with full force.
For those who have followed my adventures, she and I traveled north to SAFF last October. In the midst of all the yarn surrounding us, she was smitten with an Icarus shawl knit in a fingering weight merino in the Knitting Notions booth. The yarn and the pattern were quickly purchased. She convinced four of our Thursday morning knitting group to kit along. I groaned and complained. There was no lace weight in my stash and I didn’t want to buy any yarn since taking a vow of yarn abstinence. Not wanting to be left out, I traded two skeins of Spunky Eclectic sock yarn for eight skeins of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud and Shimmer in various colors.
I chose the Alpaca Cloud Tidal Pool and cast on. After a few false starts and recoveries, I was off and knitting. Those cute dangling stitch markers were quickly replaced with boring plastic rings. The lace weight tangles too frequently.
I first heard about the Icarus and MimKnits on Knitty D and the City podcast. I never thought that I would knit lace, especially a shawl. The pattern can be found in the Interweave book ,Our Favorite Designs From First Ten Years. As books go, I could knit my way through every pattern.
Here is the result. It is truly a wonder how lace transforms from a spongy clump until washed and pulled into shape. I blocked this morning using the puzzle piece mats that lay in front of my washer. This is a perfect blocking board. Thanks, Julie, for giving me the idea. Koko is very helpful. Here she is pulling out the pins after the shawl has dried.
So, here is the final finish. I am pleased with my efforts. The shawl will be a donation to a silent auction for a local educational foundation that pays for private school scholarships. I can only hope that it fetches a high price and gives a young person the wings to fly high, but hopefully not too close to the sun.