Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bat Wings



This shawl can be directly attributed to my teenage Goth roots. However, now that I am significantly older, though not necessarily wiser, I was able to avoid my former crutch-like, rampant use of black on these beasties!

My Gothbaby is knit from a modified version of this shawl in Cherry Tree Hill Oceania (a huge hank of merino, dk weight, boucle) in their Silver Streak colorway. I used the same basic shape sans pattern rows working the shawl beyond the 300 stitches the original pattern called for to a whopping 400 stitches, which weighed heavily upon my 40" circs, I might add. Elongation is the word that best describes the method of my madness. Only when I reached the 400 stitches did I attempt the modified fishtail points, working decreases on the sides as opposed to down the center. Finally, I finished the whole bat wing system off with crocheted i-cord-esque piping for the veins and around entire edge in Sapphire Lion Brand Glitterspun (which I hated to the point of tears when I began, but I am liking it now).



And no, I did not sew the cord on after crocheting it! Mon dieu! I crocheted it onto the piece itself by picking up stitches at the increase points on the body of the shawl and around the edge of the wings. I know, I'm anal...But ain't they purty?



Fortunately my spokesmodel who occupies a cube a floor below me was available for yet another Monster Crochet haphazard photo shoot! Thanks Bri for lending your blue-emblazoned bod!

Copyright 2006 Regina Rioux Gonzalez. All rights reserved.

30 comments:

Deneen said...

That is fanfreakingtabulous!

Jessica said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Jerry & Maxy said...

Schnikes, that's the coolest shawl evah!

turtlegirl76 said...

Very cool! Love the touch of the blue for the veins. Inspired.

Brandy said...

That is spectacular awesome. I love it.

Pam said...

But does it provide the skill of echolocation?

Very cool.

Gina said...

I LOVE IT!!!!

Faye said...

Fanfreakingtastic! I LOVE IT!!!!!

Vik said...

So cool! Love it!

Uccellina said...

That is The Awesome.

old lady said...

Very, very nice.

sgeddes said...

I love the edging and the veining. A very nice touch! the sparkle seems to set it all off very well.

Saints and Sinners said...

love it love it love it!!

godddamn that is the coolest!

tea bee said...

Oh.My.Gawd. Stunning!

susan said...

stunning i tell you stunning. and the colors are shimmery beautiful.

Annarella said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning (drops jaw...)
x

Tara said...

Very cool. I can't say I ever went through a goth phase, but I would have worn that just to freak out my parents.
Love it!

stuffed said...

Sassy! I'm also happy to have matured beyond all black. I'm currently chilling my black blouse with olive fisherman pants. Ah, adulthood at last.

Nancy said...

Ahh, that is a lovely shawl. Quirky, yet beautifully elegant.

Kinda like the lady who made it.

Renee said...

That is by far the most gorgeous thing I've seen in ages!

~drew emborsky~ said...

Awesome!!!

Rose said...

So beautiful - and it says "dark and mysterious" in a quiet blue way....

rubylicious said...

Wow! Now you're ready to take off into the night and fly! Batman would be jealous if he saw your creation. Maybe you should contact him and see if he will offer you a deal, he needs to add some color to his wardrobe.

Momo said...

What a lovely piece! You must knit and crochet at near speed of light velocities.

krista said...

Wow! Awesome.

Tabitha said...

love your site!

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Rose said...

Do you have a crochet pattern for the bat wings? I love them and would like to get the pattern is it for sale?
Rose
roseantho@gmail.com

Rose said...

I love your bat wings do you have a crochet pattern?
Rose
roseantho@gamil.com

Rose said...

could I please get a crochet pattern for you bat wing
Rose
roseantho@gmail.com