Thursday, July 12, 2012

Clara's Knitting: Josephine Lace Shawl

Clara knitted the "Josephine" shawl from the winter issue of Jane Austen Knits (a lovely knitting magazine with enough material about daily life in Jane Austen's day to interest even non-knitters).


She started it two months ago with a single skein of alpaca yarn.


Finished it on vacation, and it was time to block it when we got home. She knew it was going to lengthen during the process, but I had to laugh when she came to the laundry room over and over for yet another towel for the tabletop.


This shawl is a show-stopper. Even unblocked, it brought an entire doctor's office to a halt while the staff inspected and marvelled.


It's a mystery to me where she learned how to do this. Her knitting is flawless.

47 comments:

Polly said...

That is gorgeous. It reminds me of the items my great-grandmother made; I still have many of them. What beautiful work. I bet it is a dream to wear in alpaca wool. Well done, Clara!!

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Linda said...

Absolutely exquisite. Congratulations, Clara. That is a beautiful piece of work and it looks wonderful on you.

Anonymous said...

How beautifully ethereal!

Angela said...

Wow! That is one of the most beautiful shawls I have ever seen. Stunning -- both the shawl and the knitter!

Lilian said...

O my goodness it's so beautiful. That'll stop traffic for sure. And such a lovely blue.

Ginny said...

Clara - your shawl is beautiful, and I love the colour.

Rose said...

It's stunning Clara! How do you keep track of counts in lace knitting? That's my trouble.

I had not heard of this magazine, thank you.

Lily said...

What a beautiful shawl - it looks like fairy wings. xxx

Barbara said...

simply beyond beautiful ...

Anonymous said...

Wordless...and...it's not a mystery to me where she learned it...when she has a mother like you ! I have to show the photos to my oldest daughter...
Thank you, Cinzia

Stephanie said...

wow! I don't knit and don't want to, but that is really, really attractive. Good job!

Karen said...

Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

Tracey said...

I believe it is a God given talent and the genes from her very talented mother who encouraged her!

HISchild said...

It is one of the most beautiful creations I have ever seen.

Remember that all gifts (including talents) come from God.

Julie said...

Amazing.

Joe and Jeannie Family said...

My jaw has dropped. That color, texture, and pattern; it all is stunning! Oh to have the gift of knitting - she is spectacular and I'm so glad we got to see it. That shawl will be cherished for generations!

kim said...

Looks lovely Clara,very talented young lady.

Val said...

How beautiful! You must be very, very proud of her many talents.

Lisa said...

Oh, my word! How do people do that?

Lisateresa

Wendy said...

So beautiful! I love how delicate it is. What a job well done.

Jennifer said...

Stunning~

Knitters Notebook said...

Beautiful!! God gives us many talents...and Clara was blessed with knitting!!!

Would love to see more of her knitting projects!!!

~~Renee

Laura Lynn said...

That, my friends,
is art.

{{* *}}

Steadfasthope said...

Wow. Just wow.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I usually don't comment but this is absolutely lovely!

Margo said...

oh sighhhhh. I'm just wanting a shawl or a wrap and I keep waffling on whether to buy or make. This is an exquisite shawl.

theygrowuptoofast said...

Clara's knitting is absolutely amazing! Well done!

Pam said...

Yay Clara! What a beautiful, gossamer shawl. I hope she enjoys its beauty for a long time!

I'm a knitter, and can appreciate the hours of careful work it took to make all that loveliness.

maven said...

Clara, That is one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen! May you enjoy it for many, many years. Sigh...

Rie said...

Gorgeous! I would like to know how she learned?? On her own? Through books? Videos? What?

Kate said...

Breathtaking! I'd love this made into a skirt!

Anonymous said...

THAT is simply stunning! Angela

Amy said...

Amazing.

Anonymous said...

Truly beautiful, Clara. Lace is wonderful to work on...it isn't about necessarily going fast (I usually save those kind of notions for socks or something), but you become so immersed in what you're doing, & the result, as we see here, is something that becomes an heirloom. Well done!

Brenda

silly lillys said...

wow. absolutely beautiful. so delicate!

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

Oh. My. Simply amazing. Beautiful work. And, as always, lovely photography.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering that also!

Melanie

Anna said...

I taught Clara how to cast on, knit, and purl. Everything else she has learned from a book, or an online resource. The basics are easy enough--it's turning them into a lace shawl like this that comes a little harder.

Anonymous said...

Just gorgeous.

MushyWear said...

This is beyond gorgeous! What incredible talent.

Ruth said...

So pretty! I really want to make myself a long, lacy, cobwebby shawl this winter.

Donna said...

Thank you for sharing the shawl so soft and beautiful, what a wonderful talent to knit!

i'm beccy. said...

Beautiful! I am a new knitter, and recently my family got to visit an alpaca farm and yarn mill with our collective 12 kids for a tour. We got to feed the animals, even! Alpaca is so soft, but it doesn't have the tiny barbs that wool does to hold the fibers together, so 100% alpaca yarn will stretch out significanly. The mill store had SUCH beautiful yarn! Thanks for sharing.

The Hobbit said...

It's all been said by those before me.However I have to add my 2 cents it's an amazing project that has been completed to perfection. Just gorgeous.

Katelyn said...

Her knitting is flawless and it is beautiful. I especially love the shade of blue she chose!

Cheryl (Copperswife) said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! Well done, Clara!

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