Thursday, August 18, 2011

white lotus shawl

Delicious yarn, copious knitting time, and a desire to finish a pattern (inspired largely by all your lovely comments!) meant that I was able to knit, knit like the wind, and finish the second lotus shawl.


Do you like the lace stitch that I used for the body of the shawl? I wanted to find patterns that would evoke different elements of a lotus pond. For the first one, I picked a subtle wave pattern. For this one, I was trying to create a sense of lotus pods. I played around with different eyelet arrangements until I found one that popped the way I wanted.


I tried out a different fiber and texture, too. This one is knit in the heavenly woolen-spun laceweight cormo from the Elsa Wool Company, which I picked up at the Taos Wool Festival a couple of years ago.


As much as I love the drape and luster of the silk-wool yarn, I think that this bouncy, lightweight wool shows off the lotus flowers even better. It has a lot of energy to it.


Yay!

14 comments:

lexa said...

I love it!

messmonkey said...

ooh i love it! i loved the original too, but i think this one is even better! something about the eyelet pattern feels so modern. and i do love the drape. nice work (as always!)

Mandy said...

Beautiful!

Acorn to Oak said...

It's beautiful!

knitbee said...

It's so wonderful.
The lotus pods goes with the pattern very well.
♥greetings
Bine

FoFo said...

It is so lovely!!! You do a beautiful job!

Susan said...

I really like both versions. I hope you will include both options in your pattern when you release it.

by-the-by the red rocks and blue sky in the background are making me homesick for red rock country.

kathy b said...

it almost floats by itself!! great images!

Anonymous said...

I'm not familiar with the lotus flower, but I love the pattern anyway.

Chloe

Keri said...

Beautiful shawl and stunning scenery.

blackberry said...

It's really pretty, nice job.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful patterns!

Phyllis said...

So lovely!

NicoSwan said...

Just beautiful!
I can't wait to see the pattern and give it a go.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations. You are so inspiring!
Peace!