Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Green lace and white pearls

My dear grandmother turned 85 years old this August and I wanted to make something special for her. After a lot of thinking I recalled that she always complains about her back and shoulders getting cold during the winter season, so is there really anything that would be more perfect for a gift than a shawl made out of 100% warm wool?

Pattern: Ethereal Triangular Shawl by Lakshmi Junega
Yarn: teetee Kamena, 100 g
Needles: 4 mm
In Ravelry

This time, I also tried something completely new: knitting with pearls. And even though it was a lot slower that just plain knitting, it wasn't hard at all. I'm sure I'll use this technique again sometime. ...once I've forgotten how annoyingly time-consuming it really was.

If you wan't to try it, here's a good tutorial. And another hint: don't add pearls to a project that has a deadline coming up too soon. I almost didn't finish this shawl in time for my grandmother birthday party. The night before I actually spent knitting and blocking until 2 a.m. But that's just the way it is sometimes when it comes to handicrafts, right? They tend to take up more of your time than you expect. And ok, I have to admit that I started this project a little bit too late too, only 2,5 weeks before the party... But I made it! :)

I really think it turned out great with the pearls and all (even though you can't see them that well in the pictures, I swear they looked much better in real life! :)) and I'm pretty sure my grandmother was pleased too.  <3

(Photos taken in the park of Mustion Linna)


  1. Wau, your pictures are so pretty and so is that shawl and it's part of the making of story that you get the suspense of getting it ready in time :-) Even though it would be great to improve one's character so that one could finnish her projects in time.

  2. Thank you so much! And true, why don't we ever learn? :)

  3. Lovely - du är nog jätteskicklig!! Och en sån fin present! Pärlorna är som kronan på verket :)

  4. Haha, int vet ja nu om jag är sååå skicklig, men tack i alla fall! Det är alltid också roligt att titta på dina teckningar :)