FO Spotlight: The Miller’s Daughter

I am thrilled to have this new piece to show off! Just as soon as it gets significantly below 90F here…so, in a few months, ha ha. Anyway, I managed not only to finish this by the end of the Melanie Berg Any Shawl KAL (today), I also managed to weave in all the ends AND block it. It’s 100% done. That’s a pretty big deal, for me, as there’s typically quite a delay for those last couple of steps.

The rundown

Pattern: The Miller’s Daughter by Melanie Berg. I was lucky enough to receive this pattern for free as a prize for participating in Melanie’s weekly chat topic. For the second time*, one of my posts was chosen by random number generator and I was able to choose a free pattern.

Yarn: Three very different choices. The stripes are in The Fibre Company Road to China Lace in Sapphire (from Jimmy Beans’s Wool Watcher) and Cherry Tree Hill Yarn Superlace Ragg in Ocean (from a DBNY grab bag). The contrast stripes and lace panels are in madelinetosh tosh lace in Edison Bulb (from Jimmy Bean’s, on sale). The first is a blend of alpaca, silk, cashmere and camel. The second is merino, wool, polyester and acrylic. The third is 100% merino. They are all lace weight. I used a total of 1,229 yards.

Size made: One size. I didn’t measure it but the short edges each are at least 6′ long, after blocking.

Needles: US4s. I used my new Addi Clicks.

Techniques used: Nothing special except lifelines.

Modifications: The only thing I changed was the color progression. The pattern calls for the lace panels to be done in all in one of the stripe colors except the final one, which is done in the other stripe color. I wanted more pop so I used the accent color for all the lace panels. Otherwise, I knit it as written.

Difficulty: Easy, as long as you don’t lose count in the lace sections!

Ravelled:ย here.

The Pretty

And just so you get a sense of how big it is:

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While blocking.

Each of those blue tiles are 2′ square. Speaking of blocking, this is the first time I’ve used my new blocking swag! My mom was kind enough to get me this set of mats (I have nine total) and blocking wires. The wires are this set from Inspinknity on etsy. They are awesome! I especially didn’t realize how nice it is to be able to neatly and evenly block curved edges. The wires worked really well and I’m looking forward to using them for many years to come. At some point, I might add a set of the extra long wires to my collection, seeing as I tend to size my shawls “giant”!

*This was the first time.

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19 comments

  1. fiberandsustenance · June 12, 2016

    Gorgeous! And congratulations on finishing in time for the KAL deadline!

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  2. Carol · June 12, 2016

    That is gorgeous! Love your color choices!

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  3. Stefanie · June 12, 2016

    โ—Œโ‘…โƒโ—โ™กโ‹†โ™กโƒ หปหณหฏโ‚‘โ™กโƒโ‹†โ—โ™กโ‘…โƒโ—Œ the shawl! That neon rocks and really modernizes and makes your shawl seasonally appropriate.

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    • alexand knits · June 13, 2016

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully I’ll find some really intense AC somewhere so I can wear it. I’m almost always hot!

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  4. Marion · June 13, 2016

    So cool !!!!

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  5. Andrea @ This Knitted Life · June 13, 2016

    It’s lovely in all ways. Congrats. I need to get blocking mats like you have. I do a towel still. Waa waa.

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  6. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · June 13, 2016

    Oh, aren’t blocking wires / mats the best? I use mine with every single shawl I block. That turned out absolutely stunning and I’m happy you made your deadline and finished everything! That’s another worry gone and off your plate ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations!

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  7. FogKnits · June 13, 2016

    Love the colors! It’s gorgeous!

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  8. Jacquline Cappuccino · June 13, 2016

    The shawl looks great! Also, I’m super jealous of your Inspinknity wires. I used to have a set, but I haven’t been able to find them since I moved my office. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • alexand knits · June 13, 2016

      Thank you! Yeah, I’m loving the wires. Maybe yours will turn up again?

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  9. afthead · June 22, 2016

    I’ve never even heard of knitting wires! How do they work? This shawl is absolutely stunning and makes the dummy look so glamorous. I hope you get to wear it too’

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    • alexand knits · June 22, 2016

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I wore it to my knitting group last night even though it was pretty hot. But I think it might have to wait until fall.

      Blocking wires are wires that return to neutral (straight) when you’re not manipulating them. You can thread them through the edges of the knitting, pin the wires into the shape/dimensions you want, then let the piece dry. For yarns made from animal fibers, they will mostly retain the blocked shape and size after they dry. Then, you just remove the pins and wires and wear your lovely FO!

      It really helps with lace as it opens up the stitches so that you can see the pattern. There’s a pre- and post-blocking thread on rav on one of the big 6 boards. People post before and after pics and it’s completely amazing the difference that blocking makes!

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      • afthead · June 22, 2016

        Well, I know what I’m asking for as a birthday present this year!

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