EZ EPS - The Finale!
From the Ridiculous to the Sublime!

Sun Dappled Maples

It  seems to be time for another finishing flurry.  Thank you for your comments on EPS.  It's one of my favorite sweaters ever and every one of you should try knitting a sweater with EZ as your guide.  Now to on of the most beautiful shawls I've ever knit.  This shawl certainly evokes the trees and groves of a forest; a beautiful forest of fall colored maples, with the sun dancing over the leaves, the roots diving deep to drink a last bit of water before heading into a long winters sleep.
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The design and yarn color were perfectly suited for either the spring green of aspen leaves or the warm richness of red maples in fall (the two colorways available).  Miriam is a genius when it comes to elegant lace and Anne is a goddess of beautiful yarn colorways. Together they created one of the most beautiful projects I've ever knit.

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Shawlwithfullviewofforest The first section is designed to mimic the leaves of trees as they dance in the sun.  The lace patterning is knit on both sides of the fabric, which makes this the most complicated section of the shawl.  It's worth the extra effort as the leaves are beautifully formed.   

The second section evokes the trunks of the trees, complete with twists and knots.  This section was easier to get into a rhythm, but a knitter must keep an eye out for the subtle changes as the trunks twist and the knots of branches form.   

The final section shows the roots working their way through the soil to find needed nutrients. This was such a fun section to knit, but there was still the pitfall of knitting a row when one should be purling.  The garter stitch is effective, but reading and checking the pattern on every row (to see if it should be a knit or purl row) will keep a knitter from a visit to the frog pond. (Doesn't every forest have a frog pond?)
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Aspen Grove is a forest of beauty, of color and of exquisite lace. 

Yarn/Pattern/Kit: Aspen Grove Shawl from Wooly Wonka
Colorway: Vermont Maples (Perfect for PS III)
Designed by: Miriam Felton
Time to Knit: February 10, 2008 – March 15, 2008

Comments

It's fabulous! I can't wait until we can wear them together. :-)

It's gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

That, photographed against the smooth river stones, is beautiful.

Lovely. Simply lovely.

Blocked out, she is stunning! Well done Margene! I agree, Mim is a genius with lace!

That is truly magnificent..a work of art!..The color will suit you very nicely!

You did beautiful work on this shawl! I also have this pattern and hope I can do as wonderful work as you did!

Wow.

It's too bad you didn't finish the shawl a couple weeks later since it reverts back to me on the 27th of this month! Then I'll be selling it separately as a download.

It's really lovely! I'm so jealous that I don't have the vermont maples colorway knit up :)

It was especially gorgeous in person!! :)

You are on a roll! I love it, especially the tree trunk section in the middle. Brilliant. Wear it well.

color is simply gorgeous! I love when you get on a finishing roll. no pressure though.

That's a beauty!

Yessss! PERFECT PS III project. It came out beautifully and will (I think, but might be biased) be a perfect weight for spring. :)

WOW!!

That is just so gorgeous. Lovely glamour shots against the river stones...

Tres magnifique!!

It is very beautiful! Your patience and persistence really were worth it! Lovely photos too, which show off the lace quite well. And, the day got away from me yesterday, so I never commented how fabulous your EPS looks! The colors are really striking together, the fit looks great, and I know the silky wool will be light but warm - a perfect Spring and Fall sweater!

So gorgeous - And people say not to use variegated yarns b/c the lace pattern doesn't show through? They haven't seen YOUR lace, I'd say! That's just the prettiest lace, I've seen in a long long time!
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So pretty! The design is especially nice.

You can really see the "trees" in your photos. It's beautiful!

That is gorgeous indeed, and I love the different sections and their meanings.

That is so incredible!! One of these days I'll make the plunge into lace. I love seeing projects like this that just take your breath away. I can't wait to see what you knit up next!!!

Whenever I need some inspiration all I need to do is come to your blog. My Ravelry queue is far to large due to these visits!

Beautiful! You inspired me to order the kit, now I just have to have the patience to work on it. I'm thinking this one will be a challenge for me and I'll need some alone time.

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