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May 17, 2008

From Susan — A Small (but Time Consuming!) FO

Filed under: Alix's Prayer Shawl,Mystic Waters Shawl — lv2knit @ 11:13 pm

I have been working on a stealth project for a while and finally finished it.  However, it did not turn out quite the way I wanted, so it will not be going to the use for which it was intended.  I think the yarn is too heavy for the project and also not of high quality — the color runs!  I was disappointed but not devastated.

The FO is a shawl: Alix’s Prayer Shawl designed by Myrna A.I. Stahman.  Many people have made this shawl and it is a nice (and FREE!) pattern.  The origins are from a novel by Debbie MaComber which was lent to me by a work peep.  It has a knitting theme so she thought of me.  The books are a light and easy read with a lot of knitting references and quotes from many notable knitters.  I am reading them in the wrong order (3-1-2), but it’s no matter!  The Alix shawl was part of Book 3.

I used a mohair blend from my stash and US Size 9 needles.  I really think this is a nice, easy lace shawl pattern and would look wonderful in a lightly variegated or semi-solid sockweight yarn (like Koigu). 

I also started another project which is just getting off the ground — it, too, is a shawl.  What is with the shawls lately??  I have no idea!  Maybe I got the shawl bug from Surly.  I have at least three more in queue!

Anyway, I am making the Mystic Waters Shawl. 

It is a gorgeous pattern.  I am again using yarn from my stash (I am so proud ) — Zephyr and Silk Laceweight in Sage.  I am already in the 90’s for rows completed, which means it’s about 5″ long!  This is tiny knitting and a huge shawl.  Many people have also made this shawl — will 2 skeins of Zephyr be enough??  I’ve seen 2-3 listed and I only have two.

Mitered Jacket is in a slump but is the only knitting I can take with me.  The MWS is too intense (must follow the pattern stitch by stitch, line by line!). 



  1. Gorgeous and timely! I just saw the start of this shawl by one of my knitting freinds and I recognized the pattern and was going to seek it out on the web. And here you have it located for me. Thanks! And of course, I have read the books — number 4 is out in hardback, which I have not yet read. The baby blanket in the first book is a good one for beginners.

    Comment by Astrid — May 18, 2008 @ 8:11 am

  2. Susan- That’s a beauty- the Mystic Waters. What is it with shawls?

    The yarn, the romance, the small needles, the patterns, no sleeves…. need I go on?

    Comment by Lorraine — May 18, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  3. Wow. I knit, but I cannot knit something like this.

    Comment by Ivana — May 18, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

  4. The prayer shawl is very nice – I can feel meditative vibes coming right off it.

    I am salivating, however, to watch the Mystic Waters Shawl progress. I’ll cross my fingers on the Zephyr.

    Comment by twinsetellen — May 18, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

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