Saturday, September 29, 2018

Annalise's Shawl

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A change of craft today...  a project that has been on the go for some years - eight to be more accurate!


I had barely started a shawl for my daughter, very early in her pregnancy, when my son and his wife announced that they too were expecting a wee one... as a shawl takes me approximately nine months to knit, they understood that it would not be ready by the time baby was born.

I did start it that year, and plodded away on an off over the years, but with RSI, carpel tunnel and cubital tunnel issues, it had been a while since it had seen the light of day

This year they announced that they were expecting a baby in September... so when I was recovered from surgery in March I started off again.  And finished it only two days after Annalise was born.
I seem to work best with deadlines!!


The shawl was knitted on 2.5 mm circular needles in 2 ply wool - a lace weight.
                   The pattern was actually a tablecloth in a Burda magazine published in 1993


Although it looks complicated, it was basically one pattern repeated 47 times in the bulk of the knitting


I altered the edge pattern a wee bit, and once it was washed and blocked, it had a pretty scalloped look to the edge.

Near the end each round took me close on an hour, but the cast off took me nearly three hours. There were 1,410 stitches on the last rounds. 

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32 comments:

brenda said...

Goodness that is a beautiful shawl Maxine, so delicate and intricate and I can't begin to know how one makes something circular. I can't knit, tried it many times but just couldn't get the hang of it, much to my Mum's disappointment as she has always knitted until arthritis got the better of her fingers.

B x

aussie aNNie said...

Maxine, wow, love this beautiful shawl, so delicate and precious...you are one clever lady.xxx

Dawn Turley said...

Stunning Maxine... a real labour of love. Congrats on your new granddaughter. This will be a real heirloom for the family.

Mac Mable said...

Absolutely stunning...The most beautiful shawl x Clearly made with love and so glad you managed to finish it. It will be cherished I am sure and you are so creative and this is one unique and very special shawl x.

Lovely Linda said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new granddaughter Maxine - I love her name! Your shawl is a work of art and a labour of love rolled into one!! My Mum knitted a shawl similar when my youngest was born - it is packed away in her special things - beautiful xo

Sylvia said...

Beautiful Maxine,such a stunning shawl.

Gr,Sylvia.

Loll said...

WOW! This is GORGEOUS Maxine. I can't imagine all the time, hard work, and love you have put into this shawl. What a beautiful keepsake for Annalise that she will cherish forever. xx

Elizabeth Collins said...

Gorgeous shawl for a gorgeous girl xxx

Carole said...

This is a stunning work of art, Maxine. Thank you for sharing your beautiful project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” September Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
Carole x DT

HJ said...

WOW! This is a gorgeous shawl, Maxine. It's definitely a labor of love that will be treasured in your family. It takes special talented people with lots of creativity and patience to complete something like this. You must have a great sense of accomplishment in getting it finished. Thanks so much for sharing it. Enjoy your day!

Marilyn Mathis said...

This is gorgeous. How in the world were you able to do such fine work with all the problems you have had. I love it. You turn your time into beautiful cards and such as this. God bless you! Hugs.

Gerrina said...

Wow it looks beautiful! Glad that you could ginish it and that you came back grom so many strugles! Hugs, Gerrina

Brenda said...

Wow, wow, wow! This is stunning Maxine! I so glad you were able to finish this shawl, it is such a pretty pattern to it and I bet your daughter loves it too. Just stunning but thinking hand cramps too! That's a lot of stitches just on the last rounds! Wow! Hugs, Brenda

MiamiKel said...

Wow, this is one beautiful gift, grandma! Such a stunning shawl you've made and I'm sure it means a lot to them that it came from your loving hands :) Blessings, dear!

Margaret said...

WOW! That is stunning and such a beautiful heirloom that can be handed down.You amaze me with your talents.

Bonnie said...

How lacy and delightful, Maxine! Annalise will look beautiful wrapped up in it! What an heirloom!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

WOW! This is stunning, Maxine! Such talent!!!

mamapez5 said...

What a beautiful piece of work Maxine - a real heirloom.
My mother knitted me a shawl in 2ply when my first baby was due, and it has done two more generations of babies already, and no doubt it will be passed on again.
I love a circular shawl, and I know just how much work was involved in making this. Well done. I am sure it will be treasured! xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful and worth the wait! I used to crochet but haven't for years but I never learned to knit. My mom tried to teach me but it just never caught.
Gorgeous shawl, so delicate and pretty.

MaryH said...

What a beautiful and precious heirloom you've created for your grandbabies! I don't knit, so can't truly appreciate all the skill involved in this lovely shawl, but I surely can appreciate how delicate and gorgeous it looks. This little one will feel so cozy and loved when wrapped in something made especially for her by her Grandma, and just think of it passing down through the generations! This is just so impressive, and made even more so with all the handicaps of the carpal tunnel, etc. It's just wonderful Maxine! TFS & Hugs (& lovely cuddles too!)

stampingbowd said...

Oh, Maxine! This is stunning!! Such a gorgeous shawl. This will be a treasured gift!

Cobnut Crafter said...

Maxine - this is absolutely stunning! So many hours spent but such a such a beautiful result. I am sure this will become a family heirloom. I am currently knitting on a much more 'industrial' level as I have been asked to help out providing knits for a charity event raising funds to provide dogs to help the disabled. So for speed I am working mainly with 4ply and DK but only have until the end of the month - it was a late request so really must crack on with it. Thank you for sharing your very beautiful project. xx

Karen D. said...

wow...what a gorgeous keepsake for many years to come.
You must be feeling such a sense of accomplishment and proud to see what a beautiful piece of art you have created.
Sure it will be treasured by your family.
xx Karen

Angella D. Crockett said...

Hi Maxine! Congrats on your new little grand-angel!!! The shawl looks amazing! It will be cherished for sure!!! It is clear that love was in every stitch!! HUGS and blessings, Angie

froebelsternchen said...

This is an amazing stunning piece Maxine! Great that you found the muse and time to finish it now for the newborn! Wonderful!

Big hugs, Susi

Monica said...

How exquisite and angelic is this shawl, Maxine. Your kids must be so happy. You are super talented, to say the very least.

Quillish said...

Congratulations for the bundle of joy Maxine.. this is spectacular.. I am amazed at the work, the size and the speed! Wow.. what a treasure to get as a gift :)

Fran said...

Annalise's shawl is the most beautiful shawl I have ever seen. Your workmanship is exceptional. Hugs, Fran

creationsnz said...

A marathon effort Maxine, but well worth it, I bet they were thrilled. CarolG

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Maxine! First of all congratulations on your newest precious bundle of JOY! I'm sure you are thrilled, and I am in complete amazement at your knitting talent! The shawl is exquisite, and I am so glad that you had surgery and have recovered so you could finish this lovely and surely cherished shawl. WOW! I love the pattern, and thanks for sharing it with us -- along with the wonderful news! Hugs and love! xoxo

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

What a stunning work of 'heart' Maxine! So precious. My mummy knitted a shawl for each of our firstborns (I'm one of seven children!!) and it has meant so much to all of us, so I know this will be well loved! Congratulations on the birth of Annalise, my eldest niece on my side of the family is Annaliese with an extra 'e'! Hehe. Love that name. Congrats to you and your family on her safe and happy arrival. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Monika Reeck said...

Oh dear
this is a masterpiece
I never made this..
you are so talented Maxine really beautifull what you show here
is it a shawl?
love to see if your daughter wear it
hugs
Monika