It proved impossible to take a picture of me and the shawl which flattered us both, so here it is, hanging on my pinboards. Click for bigger.
Started: 22 July 2006
Finished: 1 December 2006 (knitting) 7 December 2006 (blocking)
Pattern: Diamond Fantasy Shawl by Sivia Harding
Yarn: Most of one 100g skein of Cashmere sock yarn from HipKnits.
Needles: 3.25mm (I think) straights.
Modifications: None. I did 7 repeats of the main pattern.
Notes: Love it! This is my first proper largescale lace project, if you don't count Arisaig. This size is just about right for a small shawl, but I'd love to make a bigger one, using proper laceweight yarn. 7 repeats was as much as I could cram onto straight needles and it got a bit tricky at the end. It's also hard to tell how big it is before you cast off. The lace repeat was too long to memorise completely (40 rows, I think, half of them plain purl) but there were really only about 3 or 4 different sorts of patterns, so once I'd worked out what sort of row I was on, I could just get on with it without having to consult the pattern all the time. Lace charts are very useful and make it easy to see your mistakes. As far as I know, there are no mistakes in the finished object.
I'd happily wear this myself, but it's going to my Grandma. I hope she likes it.
Updated to edit photo.