Friday, April 20, 2007


"You need to take it easy for the next 48 to 72 hours. No physical exertion for that arm."

Thus spoke the latest orthopedic specialist after he shot my right shoulder full of a strong painkiller and anti-inflammatory drug. Did I listen? Nope. Especially after a dear friend sent my kitty boys some new food, accompanied by two balls of Diakeito Diamusee Fine*. After all, I needed the perfect yarn to go with the perfect lace needles to start my first official shawl, the pattern for which I'd purchased the day before.

Forest Canopy shawlSusan Pierce Lawrence's "Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl"
This is so easy, even I can do it. Good thing too because I've got a raft of increasingly more complex shawl and wrap patterns waiting in the wings. I just have to get one completed lace project under my belt (something larger than a pair of socks) to feel competent enough to go forth and conquer the rest of the diaphanous pretties.

Oh, and the arm thing is more complicated than any of us first thought, with no clear choices and equally uncertain outcomes. One of these days, I'll look back on this and smile triumphantly. I'm sure of it.

*Edited to add info about Diakeito Diamusee Fine yarn:

Content: 100% Wool
Size: 40g/239 yards
Gauge: 30-32 sts/4" using needle #2US (I'm using size 6 for this shawl)
Care: hand wash, dry flat

Although it is made in Japan like its cousin Noro, Diakeito is much softer than Kureyon or Silk Garden. It also appears to also have less vegetable matter and (so far) no knots!



Blogger lv2knit said...

That color is simple gorgeous knit up in lace -- wow!

4/20/2007 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

Ooh! Pretty! I've been wanting to make a shawl or wrap for some time now. I just haven't found a pattern that feels right.

You'd better take it easy for at least a few hours, please.

4/20/2007 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

do take care to rest the arm. That is a pretty pattern though and the yarn is lovely.

4/20/2007 02:10:00 PM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

Sounds like you're a little fed up with your shoulder situation. I'm sorry it's not resolved.

I don't remember ever seeing Diakeito Diamusee Fine. Come on (put the knitting down for a bit and), give us the details. :)

4/20/2007 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Eek! Take care of yourself! But I can see why you couldn't wait to cast on and get knitting. That is some gorgeous yarn and it's looking fabulous in that pattern.

4/20/2007 02:41:00 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

That is GORGEOUS yarn, must start my Forest Canopy TONIGHT! The yarn is wound and everything...No, nothing ends up to be as simple as it seems. Try to take as much of the Drs. advise as you can handle, my friend.

4/20/2007 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

The shawl is looking lovely! Take care of the arm & enjoy this wonderful weekend in the city. :)

4/20/2007 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Sorry about the shoulder... On the brighter side, your lace work looks fabulous!

4/20/2007 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Lufah said...

Oh, wow, that is gorgeous! If I ever see any of that yarn, I'll have to give it a whirl. I know everyone loves Noro, but I've just never warmed up to it - I think the texture is a big turn off to me.

4/20/2007 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Ooooooh, very pretty, Karen. I've used Noro. Loved the colors, but that's about all I loved about it. Hope this *cousin* is a great experience for you.

Be careful with your shoulder!!!!

4/22/2007 07:05:00 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

I must admit that was the *perfect* gift because the pattern and the yarn are stunning together but STEP AWAY FROM THE KNITTING AND REST!!!!!!

4/23/2007 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Spastic Shepherd said...

Wow, I have never seen that yarn. Now I want to search it out! The shawl will be a wondor to behold.

4/25/2007 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

That shawl is going to be absolutly beautiful!!

I understand how you can't rest your could you with something so tempting in front of you!!

4/26/2007 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Hope you are feeling a little better by now.

I just bought four skeins of that yarn in another color. I love the shawl pattern you've chosen. Are you knitting the pattern to the instructions and will two balls of the diakeito be enough to complete it? I'd love to think I could get two somethings out of the four skeins I bought.

4/26/2007 07:05:00 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh, I love the color of the yarn for your shawl. I just finished my Forest Canopy Shoulder shawl about a week ago. It was my first "bigger" lace project. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

4/27/2007 01:45:00 PM  

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