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Icarus Shawl

The photo shoot of the finished and blocked Icarus Shawl finally happened yesterday. It took two weeks to coordinate the weather conditions and a photographer, but I think it was worth the wait.


The pattern, of course, is Icarus, designed by my friend Miriam. It’s wonderfully simple to execute the main portion of the shawl and then the edging makes things interesting without being tedious.


The yarn is Arequipa from my friend Judy of Ball and Skein. And there’s a story behind this yarn. You see, last year at Rhinebeck we were all hanging around in my hotel room. We were spindle spinning and I was showing everyone a spindle I had brought back from my visit to Margene the previous month. It was made of spalted maple and Judy fell in love with it. I mean really in love with it. So I offered to give it to her. She tried to pay me for it and I said no way. I told her, “clearly, even though I purchased the spindle, it obviously belongs to you.” Judy being Judy, though, wouldn’t take the spindle as an outright gift so she suggested that we trade the spindle for some of her yarn. I chose 3 skeins of Arequipa in the colorway “Atlantic” and we were both happy.


Fast forward a few months (well, it was a few months before I started but it took me 3 weeks exactly to knit the thing) and we have this lovely finished shawl.


It’s such a gorgeous combination of blues and greens and they truly do look like the Atlantic Ocean. So, of course, I headed for the Atlantic Ocean for the photo shoot. Nelson Beach in Plymouth, if you must know.


Can you tell I love it?

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  1. You tell a good story. I love the shawl. Beautiful! You did pick a great location for the photo shoot.

  2. It’s beautiful and almost ethereal. Love the color and the story. Knits with a story are the best, most memorable and enjoyable.

  3. It is beautiful! Of course I love the pictures too, I love any pictures with the ocean in them. You look great too!

  4. I’m a bit weepy over that story. And the shawl loves you right back. PErfect day for the photo shoot too! Really, just perfect all around, hon!

  5. And you should love it – it is beautiful! I started it last summer and didn’t finish – I wasn’t thrilled with the yarn. I might have to invest in some new lace weight and give it another try.

  6. It is gorgeous! I also enjoyed the story. Did the shawl take all three skeins? I am still plugging along on my Icarus in stealth mode.

  7. So good to see what you did with the yarn. It looks great on you. Just love shawls.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! And who can resist a trip to Plymouth? I may have to knit another Icarus (and wear my first one more).

  9. It’s BEAUTIFUL! Wow! The yarn is gorgeous – so sheer. Now I’m really motivated to finish mine. I love your smile in the last photo – says it all!

  10. Carole! That is gorgeous. You really outdid yourself on that one. And my favorite photo is the one of you with the water in the background. Well done!

  11. It’s beautiful, Carole. Well done! Totally worth the wait.

    I’m so glad to see yours is big, too. Now I feel slightly better about mine. *L*


  12. What a perfect trade. Yes, I can tell you love it — and that colorway does indeed perfectly capture the Atlantic on a typical New England day. (I also love the gorgeous deep vivid blue-green water on a clear summer day, much resembling the color of my Blue Lagoon yarn, now that I think of it, but I said typical.)

  13. Oh so pretty! I love the colors and the pattern and seeing such a gorgeous shawl makes me think I should think about some lace this summer… Maybe.

  14. Hm…. you DO look awfully fond of it. Otherwise, I would have been tempted to request it for myself – it’s THAT gorgeous!! 🙂

  15. The shawl turned out beautiful!!! You do look like you love it…that smile says it all. The photos turned out great!!!

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