It’s not the biggest shawl I’ve ever knit, but I think it’s the most beautiful.

I won’t be able to wrap my entire body with it on a cold night, but it’s cozy just the same, because a dear friend will get to wear it. Plus, my uber-cozy Ene is coming soon, all the way from Seattle!

Let’s take a little peek (hee!) at this gorgeous combination of yarn and pattern.

Pattern: Ene’s Scarf by the venerable Nancy Bush from the Scarf Style collection.

Yarn: directly from the hands of the Master, Sundara Yarn Somewhat Solid Silk Lace in Wine with Violet.

Needles: INOX aluminum/grey US 0 (2.0 mm) circs, 24″ long. These weren’t my absolute favorites, but they got the job done.

Finished size: 40″ across the top, and 21″ from top edge to point.

Thin yarn combined with tiny needles = a very small scarf, indeed. Though Sundara’s silk comes in hefty 100 gram skeins, this scarf took up only a fraction of that amount – 39.0 grams, about 400 yards.

On top of that, I blocked very gently by steaming the fabric and spreading the lace with my fingers – Sundara and I agreed that we wouldn’t over-stretch the lace, in an effort to avoid that stiff silk feeling. Steam-blocking worked wonderfully, and the scarf came out soft and supple. I’ll be the first to admit that this blocking technique could have vastly improved the final appearance of my wafer-crisp Fir Cone scarf.

How can I tell when I’m truly entranced with a project? When I can’t narrow down the photos to include in the FO report! When a “mistake” photo (you’re seeing the wrong side) is so beautiful, it inspires me to explore more: shadow and movement in the wind. Enjoy!



68 thoughts on “Entranced

  1. mari

    sigh… so beautiful. This has to be my most jealousy-inducing swap EVER (because I’d love to get get a knitted gift from you or purly). I will have to try steam blocking on my next silk project!

  2. Maud

    Beautiful! I did cast on for this two days ago, but havent got more than half of the border pattern knitted. Inspirational to see yours!

  3. Jen

    Wow. Beautiful. And what to do with that leftover silk? I suggest you knit another and send it to a loyal blog reader. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Avice

    Lovely. And your photographs are equally splendid. This is a shawl I have been contemplating for a while now with a random ball of laceweight yarn snagged at a sale and it’s wonderful to see the way it moves and looks in the light.

  5. Rosa

    Gorgeous! I love the red/violet color. The details in the pattern stands out more than if it were done in a heavier yarn. Great FO!

  6. Daryl

    That is truly lovely. Thank you for sharing it with us, as well as the yardage it took. I love the pattern and keep staring at differernt yarns thinking, are they Ene worthy? Love it in the silk.

  7. Sarah

    I’m so glad I joined Sundara’s yarn club, I’ve been wanting to try this silk lace but I can never decide on a color — it’ll be easier to just be surprised. I love how delicate the shawl is — it’s beautiful!

  8. Anita

    Wow! That is absolutely gorgeous! I absolutely adore the colour – and the pattern is divine. I can see that this will have to move up my list. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. joan

    Thank you for the information on blocking Sundara’s silk. I’m working on Peacock Feathers and was getting worried about how best to block it. I’ll try a combination of pinning gently and steam so the silk doesn’t go stiff or lose it’s luster.

  10. Lara

    This looks just beautiful! I’ve made Ene twice, but neither version looks quite as good as yours. I may have to try again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. catsmum

    you just reminded me [ though truth to tell I probably didn’t need reminding ] why Ene is in my Ravelry queue … and the photos are stunning

  12. Julia

    You keep making my favorite projects! I’ve wanted to knit that linen tablecloth since I first saw it, the scarf you chose is the best in that book, and this is my favorite of the shawls. Excellent!

  13. Marlena

    I love the photo with the shadow! Beautiful scarf/shawl, and thanks for the tip about blocking silk. I’m just getting into knitting lace, so I’m soaking up all of the tips I can.

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