Friday, January 24, 2014

An Actual Finished Object!

Happy Fee-Fi(ber)-F.O. Friday my fellow fiberistas. I hope January has been treating you well (can you believe it's almost over - woosh! there it went). I, in fact, have been rather busy with several things, one of which I can happily share with you (and I though I would so pictorally, from start to finish - running commentary under each photo):

In an effort to continue to use all my stash, I decided
I wanted to make myself a personal Pommi and Pearls
shawls, so I found this Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool
remainder (and I had another complete skein as well)
and decided I wanted to use some of Andrea's (Wonder
Why Gal's) handspun alpaca on a few of the edging
rows because of its lovely weight and color.

Here is it at the end of last week - I was almost done with the body, and
just about to start on the edging. Look at those lovely neutrals.

Here is it completed. Notice not only the slight batwing
shape, but also the dye lot difference between the end
of the remainder Fishermen's Wool skein (used at the
beginning of the shawl on the left), and the second skein
which makes up the rest of the body and some of the
edging. Since this is for me I don't mind (in fact, I kind of
like it), but if you ever thought dye lot numbers don't make
a difference, well ...
Here it is with the top and the right side of the bottom pinned. Even with
the sun playing tricks, you can see the difference blocking makes. I wound
up repinning a portion of the bottom (center right), lengthening it just a little more.

And finally, the dried, finished shawl. I love the study of
neutrals against the pop of color in the background as
well as against the pullover on my dress form.

I took some photos outside in natural light, and I hope
you can see the two rows of edging on which I used
Andrea's handspun. That wonderful squoishy alpaca
made great "pearly" puffs!
Here's one more close-up of the edging details from
the inside shots. I cannot tell you how warm this shawl
is in alpaca and Fishermen's Wool! It's also received
some very nice compliments (since I seem to want
to wear it all the time at the moment).

And that concludes my latest Pommi and Pearls Shawl - from the very start to completion. All of these photos were taken with my cell phone, so while not perfect, they still are rather passable, even if I do say so myself. :) Now don't forget to head on over to Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see if Andrea has answered any other weighty life questions this week (and even if she has, you really need to check out the absolutely gorgeous colorways she's got in her shop at moment - I think I'm coveting one of everything).


  1. Good for you on making something for yourself. I like how you wrapped it all around and up. It looks cozy and warm.

  2. I love Fisherman's Wool! Between the wool and Andrea's alpaca, I can imagine the shawl is going to be nice and cozy.

  3. It's gorgeous! The design and the beautiful color just go together.

  4. Truth be told, I had two different dye lots on the Rustically Elegant Shoulder Warmer, and I am sure that's why it didn't win a ribbon :-P I couldn't even tell until it was pointed out! So weird how even commercially mass produced yarn can still have huge changes from dye lot to dye lot...

    1. OhMyBob, really?!!!! Well so much for that. :)

      But yes, even commercially dyed yarn can absolutely have visible variations in dye lot.