Type of item: Accessory
Style: Romantic, Ethnic, Classic, Casual
2 skeins of Little Traveller from the Sanguine Gryphon (560 yds / 4 oz, 100% merino)
What was your inspiration?
Eyjafjallajkull Shawl is a circular shawl inspired by the Icelandic Volcano.
In March 2010, and then again in April the Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupted on Iceland. And on the news we saw spectacular pictures of the volcano, the lava, and (of course) the ash-clouds that are still disrupting air traffic occasionally. And whatever else the erupting volcano might be, some of those pictures were truly amazing, and my imagination started running wild with fires and streams of lava. Naturally this shawl had to be a circular shawl, so that the lava could start in the centre and work its way out.
What are you most proud of?
I love how the lava radiates from the centre, and how the pattern flows together.
As an aside, I'm also very proud of the yarn colour, as it is the first (and only) time I've ever dyed yarn. Although I did have an expert (Gryphon of the Sanguine Gryphon) at the ready for advice. :-)
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
While this is a large circular shawl, since it is knit in fingering weight yarn, the stitch-count on even the final rounds stays below 600 stitches. So..... it's a much quicker knit than it looks.