1.29.2008

grandma's "lehmus" shawl

I've been working on my first lace project. This is the Lehmus shawl pattern and I'm making it for my grandmother. I'm making this out of a worsted weight yarn, Lion Brand Wool-Ease "Dark Rose Heather", on size 8 needles.


My grandmother is going into the hospital for hip surgery later this month and I wanted a heavier shawl to help keep her warm while she is away from home. She's had both hips replaced before, however the newer one is over 15 years old and she has to have them both done again. She's more worried this time around as she's a little older and has difficulty getting around as it is. I'm hoping this shawl will help to ease her anxiety and encourage a quick recovery.


I was a little intimidated at the begining and it took me a few tries to get started. Most of the pattern is in another language and I didn't see where it told me to purl every even row, I had to figure that out for myself. I also had a difficult time following every stitch on the chart, however it became easy once I figured out what each stitch did and how it worked with the row below. Now I don't have to refer to the chart as much. Let's hope it continues to go well, I still have much more to knit before it's finished.

7 comments:

Glen said...

you're brave- i looked at that pattern and had trouble understanding it

Larry said...

It's going to be lovely and should certainly do its job of keeping your grandmother warm, literally and emotionally. I made a similar shawl last year using a cotton ribbon. I love working from charts rather than text. But I haven't tried on where part of the explanations are in a foreign language. I can see where that would be a challenge.

Gaile said...

oh, that's looking lovely, and how sweet to make that for your gran. good for you for looking at your knitting and figuring it out!

sko_G knits said...

it's looking great!! i had to tear out my first attempt at lace, i think i am ready to try again...this time while NOT watching wimbledon and roland garros...

your nan is gonna love it.

Arteeni (Sia) said...

Hi Rick! I'm happy you started the shawl even if the instructions are in Finnish and all the information is in the chart! You really are brave!

I'm sorry that I haven't noticed to check the information about the purl rows in to that shor English instruction. My english isn't good enough so I asked somebody else to write the short instructions... I wonder if I could try to write a better one with more information. Now I added the note about the purl rows...

I hope youl grandma will love the shawl and get well soon!

Happy knitting,
Sari/Arteeni the designer of Lehmus shawl

Charles said...

Hey Rick~~
I saw your project on Raverly..GREAT!!!

Laace shawl coming out really will!
Looking great!

Also check out my kntting blog see what you think!

Thanks,
Take care...

Charles

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