Last month I shared my classroom experience with Laura Nelkin. She was in town for a weekend series of classes held at my LYS, The Yarn Club. I took her bracelet class, which is where I learned that I am not much of a social knitter. But, I certainly enjoyed hearing her talk about knitting and showing us how to create her fabulous pieces.
If you follow her at all, then no doubt you have seen this image.
Laura is hilarious. Seriously. She is really funny and loves to kid around. So, I took this picture when she was kidding around about my insistence she take a couple of pictures with my trademark apple. It’s just not a PattyMac Photos session without an apple in the shot!
What delights me so much about this is that she wound up loving it! She’s even including it in her pattern kits. So if you order from her and receive this image in your package, that’s a photo we created together.
This is the image I was really going for, and she wound up loving it. People can sometimes be skeptical of my prop suggestions at the photo shoot, but typically wind up loving the end result. Honestly, I just love to use natural objects like fruits and flowers. They are simple, familiar and don’t compete with the star of the picture.
The star in this case is Laura’s new Shawl design. She calls it Cheers.
The design was done specifically for The Yarn Club, and the meatiest class was all about how to make this shawl. It’s a combo of lace and beads. It’s stunning, but definitely NOT a beginner’s project.
This shawl uses a variety of rather advanced techniques. In Laura’s own words, here’s how she describes this knit.
“Cheer’s begins with a shallow obtuse triangle that is worked from one end to the other. The top long edge of the triangle has an integrated i-cord edging, and the bottom edge is worked with a slipped stitch as the first stitch of every row.
Once the triangle is complete, stitches are picked up along this slipped stitch edge. Then a transitional 2 color border is worked with optional beads. The main color is then cut and an architectural lace border is worked in one color with optional beads. Finally the bottom edge is bound off and your shawl is ready to be blocked!”
She also wrote the pattern to accommodate a large size (which is pictured here) and a smaller size (which will be featured in a later blog post). The shawl can also be knit with or without the beads. This FO features the matte beads which are Laura’s personal favorite. Me? I’m a total magpie and go for shiny.
I really like the tonal gradations in the brown fabric of this shawl. It looks like from her Ravelry description it’s a Baah product. I can tell you, that Baah is gorgeous yarn. I’ll show you in another post, because I want to stick to this shawl for this post.
This lovely gradation really shows off stockinette, which I love. A well tensioned stockinette in a gorgeous yarn is hard to beat IMHO. This is why the higher end yarns are so fabulous. Craft store yarn is never going to have this level of color depth or fabric drape.
I thought pairing the lime green with the brown was sheer genius.
If you’re a lace knitter, then I would highly recommend this knit to you. I’d love to see your results, so please send me pictures or drop me a line on Ravelry. My Ravelry name is PattyMac100. Please connect with me!