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The Claire Lace Shawl, designed by Yvonne Senecal, available at the Caffeineated Knitter for download at NO cost... is... ta da.... finished! Yvonne was kind enough to answer a few of my questions while knitting this little jewel.

The fiber was purchased in Dunedin, New Zealand and is 40 % possum fur, 50% merino wool, and 10% silk. This acquisition was blogged about in February at possum-fur-and-wool-fiber-blend and again at a later posting. Eight skeins were used in the body of the shawl (100 yd/skein).

Some minor modifications that I made to the pattern were to finish off the sides of the shawl in a coordinating multicolor wool and silk fiber. Then a single crochet stitch was added to the top of the shawl, covered over with a four stitch I cord.

This is the top of the shawl shown in greater visual detail. Thanks, the Caffeineated Knitter (Yvonne) and Ravelry, for such wonderful technical support.

Now I'm on to the next shawl project from Meg Swanson's A Gathering of Lace.

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Comment by Nancy on July 20, 2009 at 8:05am
PS: the Claire Lace Shawl is blogged about here:
Comment by Nancy on July 20, 2009 at 8:02am
Christine: the wool is fingering weight. I have never used lace weight (heard a podcast by Kelly Petkun once that she only uses heavier weight of yarns for shawls). My name in NancyArtCrafts on ravelry; all the specs on that Claire Shawl are on the project page there. Thanks for your comment!
Comment by Christine Sloat on July 20, 2009 at 7:46am
Nancy - beautiful shawl. I much prefer your version to the multi-colored one. Also, yours appears less "lacy" and I like that. Was your yarn more of a fingering weight than a lace weight?
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 19, 2009 at 6:00am
Thanks for the possum info. I'm a new spinner and any new fiber sparks my interest. I will definitely check out the animals fiber group.
Comment by Nancy on July 19, 2009 at 5:53am
The possum fur had an interesting texture to it. Every now and then, while knitting, I would come across a short black fiber that was the possum. It made me grin. Overall, the shawl is light and warm and soft. It was fun knitting with a new fiber. If you are on ravelry, there is a forum for knitting with animal furs which you might be interested in reviewing.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 19, 2009 at 5:31am
Thanks I viewed the shawl. It is really gorgeous. I have been wanting to knit a lace shawl and actually bought some Alpaca Cloud a while back but it has been languishing in my stash since. Really need to pull that stuff out and try my hand. This looks like a simple enough pattern for just about anyone to try.

How was the possum fur to knit with? I have heard of it, but haven't tried it yet.
Comment by Nancy on July 19, 2009 at 5:21am
this is the picture of the shawl, Susan....don't know why it did not copy into the post. I blog, mostly about knitting, at:
Thanks for your comment!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 19, 2009 at 4:53am
Nancy, Did you mean to leave pictures on your blog? It sounds like it. I would really like to see the shawl.

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