pattern : Dolce Vino by Diana Rozensheteyn
yarn: Naturally Dawn (lace weight,) 735 yards
needles: US #4, and US #6 for bind off
I am in love with this shawl.
A while back Diana (aka deenulya on Ravelry) posted pictures of her Dolce Vino, I was very impressed by its beauty. She then published the pattern, I knew I'd have to make it one day. Few weeks ago, she sent me the pattern as a gift, the sweetest surprise!
During the most part of December, I was getting really exhausted with end of semester, holiday frenzy, editing and testing my own pattern, all among other things. So one day after Christmas I decided I will treat myself to knitting something beautiful yet easy that I wouldn't have to think much, this pattern was the perfect answer to that.
The stitches were amazingly simple to memorize. I could put down my knitting anytime and pick it up again without worries or even marking on the pattern. The fact that its modular design allowed me to knit as many or as little repeat also put me at ease about how much yarn I had or how much time needed.
I really enjoyed knitting it and knew this would be a sweet shawl at the end. I also wanted to overdye the shawl once it's completed. But, the result was even more stunningly elegant than I'd anticipated that I let go the idea of overdyeing it. OK, I knew I was going to like it a lot, but after I pinned out the shawl for blocking, I really was taken by how breathtakingly beautiful the shawl turned out to be. I fell in love with it. Even though I have absolute no occasion for wearing it, I'm going to prance around the house with it and pretend that I'm an elegant lady that I truly am not. It feeds into my fantasy after marathon of watching Downton Abbey.
This is one pattern that is so wonderful for all levels of knitters. You cannot ask for easier stitches that will deliver that classic lace look.
The yarn was Naturally Dawn, a lace weight 50/50 silk/merino. I think it's slightly heavier than lace weight. It was beautiful that I could overlook the slight splittiness (not really bad at all.)