I don’t always smile in delight when I have finished a project. Biophilia is one that has me positively beaming in delight!
Mary-Anne Mace well deserves the title of The Lace Eater! Thank you, Mary-Anne, for a truly inspired design that reflects the sea so well.
The next time we go to the beach, I will take Biophilia and do a proper photo shoot, but for now, I share these images.
If you are interested in the technical details, I used Knitsch 100% merino Sock in Rocky Shore, with the last three or four rows in Fly My Pretties, about 180gm/600m in total (Rocky Shore would equate to three full skeins, with about half a skein in Fly My Pretties).
The two colourways worked together so perfectly – I’m fairly sure the base colour for Fly My Pretties is the same as Rocky Shore. I used some dark brown beads with a purply undertone (like seaweed) to give contrast but also harmonise with the overall colour design.
The colours were like the sea to photograph. In some lights, it’s a beautiful, rich colour like you see in the above photo, and in other lights, it’s more muted like the photos in the collage. I quite like that.
The darker edging is to help with the watery effect. I hope it conveys the sense that the shawl has been dipped in water. The beads being the glistening drops of water. I probably should have used a lighter colour bead to convey light reflecting off the water, but oh well, I still think this looks OK.
This shawl would have to be one of the most technically challenging things I have ever knit. As if lace wasn’t enough, Mary-Anne has added cables, nupps and beads into the mix! I do not like nupps. In the end, after struggling heroically with two rows of 7 stitch nupps, I reduced the size to 5 stitches, which was much more manageable and meant less dropped stitches. There is not a huge difference in effect, and it meant a much happier me!
The pattern is very well written, and very easy to follow. It’s just that for this shawl to look good, it requires a level of precision of execution that had my brain cells almost popping! I’ll definitely knit another Lace Eater design the next time I need a brain workout! I’m sure experienced knitters of lace will be giggling at this. I obviously need to knit more complex lace projects this year.
I haven’t blocked the shawl exactly the same as Mary-Anne’s original. I didn’t go back and look at the pattern photo again when I was pinning out, but I think it still looks okay.
Thank you again, Mary-Anne, for this amazing contribution to Sustain the Sea.