As many of you know, I am a huge Adam Lambert fan. Have been since the days of American Idol, and still can't quite understand how and why I happen to love his music. (My playlists usually consist of Metallica, Rammstein etc.) And since I got tickets to his concert in Helsinki last Saturday, I went hunting for proper accessories, and lo and behold, discovered a glitter-addicted person who won't say no to leather. I know, I was shocked too!
Last summer, a group of friends gathered to spin together for a weekend, and we did exchanged gifts too. My swap pal gave me the prettiest batt ever, which was (aptly) named Adam shortly thereafter. And the batt eventually became one of the prettiest yarns I have ever spun!
I just knew this yarn needed to be a shawl, one that would show it in all its glory. The batt had merino, BFL, firestar and silk in it, and it has a very elegant sheen to it. (Impossible to photograph but believe me, the glitter makes it shine like nothing else.) I searched far and wide for a proper pattern, until it hit me - this yarn needed to be another Icarus! I've knitted two or three already, and I love the pattern. It's simple and easy, and works incredibly well with handspun yarns.
Needless to say, I love it. Loved knitting it, love wearing it, love it.
I was a little worried of the yardage. 710 yards is not a lot for a shawl, but it ended up being just enough - I had probably less than 10 yards left when I cast off. I did five repeats of the body, then the full lace section, but left out the last 5 rows of finishing. I've never liked the way they look, and I would've run out of yarn anyway. In the end, the shawl measures some 40 inches by 79 inches after blocking.
A really poor photo below shows (hopefully) the glitter in the shawl.
And since I found the glam princess in me, a bonus photo: I went a little glitter-happy today.