I finished my first lace shawl today! I cast on for this on May 4th and I finished the bulk of the knitting on the 12th, so it went really fast. I spent a couple of days pondering what to do for the border before settling on using some red Palette from my stash to complete the border as specified in the pattern. I am amazed at how well this worked. The red is not an exact match to the yarn but you would never know it just by looking! Then after I finished knitting it sat for a couple of days before I took the time to weave in the ends. Now that it is finished I love it. It’s the perfect size to wrap around your shoulders without being too long and unwieldly.

The shawl is a gift for my good friend Nicola, who’s mother has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I hope that it will give her comfort through this very difficult time.

Notice the red border. The shawl still needs a good blocking but that will need to wait until I can spread it out in the office.

one edge

starting point/center back – I am pleased with my grafting job!

bottom point

close-up of the lace

How much yarn was left from the variegated – I love when this happens!