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Gail aka Nightsongs

Yarn suggested: Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) – 1 skein
Needle size: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Yardage: 416 – 437 yards (380 – 400 m)
Size after blocking :approx. 150cm x 70cm

Gail (aka Nightsongs) is a triangular shawl, knit from the neck down.  This was my first design released through Ravelry and it has taught me a lot of things. I came up with the idea after receiving an amazing gift from another Ravelry user (Nightsongs – hence the aka in the name of the pattern).  She sent me a skein of Handmaiden Seasilk, with one caveat: I had to knit something for myself with it. That skein of yarn was so luxurious, so soft and shiny, I was afraid to even touch it.  It took me a week to gather the courage to take it out of the box and maybe a month or so to turn the ball into a skein. Once the yarn was made into a ball, the dilemma of what to do with it began.  I searched all over the internet trying to figure out what to do, but didn’t like anything available at the time.  Then, one day I decided to use one very cool leaf pattern I’d seen elsewhere. It took me a week to knit the original shawl and I guess, a lot of beginner’s luck, as I had no idea what I was doing nor how to do it :P. Since I couldn’t give the finished object away, I came up with the idea of sharing the pattern with the group that both Nightsongs and I belonged to.  I was expecting one, maybe two people to knit it…

Fiber arts with a twist


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