Hap Shawl

I normally do not post fiber projects on my blog, but I just finished a major project (for me) that I am thrilled about and wanted to share.  It is a Shetland hap shawl.  I became fascinated by hap shawls when I first saw photos of them being “dressed” in old photos from the Shetland Museum online.  Then I saw a hap shawl on its frame in person at the Crofthouse Museum on the Shetland Islands and was hooked.  Then I participated in the Explore 4 retreat taught by Deb Robson focusing on Shetland wools from the Shetland Islands and Britain as well as from the Midwest and Pacific Northwest of the USA.

combed Shetland and my miniSpinner
After I spun samples of 12 of these fleeces, I thought it would be nice to make a small hap shawl to sample these yarns.  But then life got in the way, and it went to the back burner.  Then there was a knit along announced on Ravelry by KnitBritish to make a hap shawl.  This was the perfect motivation for me so I dropped my other projects and cast on April 10th using the pattern 2 Ply Gray Shawl by Sharon Miller.

hap startI knit whenever I could, often while watching Mariners games on TV and with the help of our cat Doogie.

doogie and knitting

I also knit on the train,


in a hotel room in Portland,

knitting hap in Portland

and riding to BSG in Eugene.

BSG driving

This last weekend I was desperately trying to get done before the deadline so went to our family’s cabin (built by my great-grandfather) and got it done.

knitting edging at cabin

And here it is!
closed shawl

backlit chawl

And I used a variety of Shetland wools in their natural colors.  All but a portion of the center and the edging was handspun as well.  Quite a project.

border and edging labels

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15 Responses to Hap Shawl

  1. Lois Moore says:

    Lovely work Donna! This is an inspiration to me; so much so that I just purchased the pattern through Ravelry (I will put it in my queue and plan that it will be an autumn project; hoping that I will have finished some others that are on the needles now…and done the spinning). I have the perfect fleece for it…just need to get busy 😉

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  3. Tina T-P says:

    Oh, my goodness, that is beautiful! We have a poncho project going at Spindrifters – I think it might take me forever! 🙂 T.

  4. Donna says:

    I am included on the KnitBrithish podcast at 51 minutes at http://www.knitbritish.net/ep-34/#more-7033. Check it out!

  5. hayseede says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful shawl! I daresay you’ll find Shetland wool addictive….

  6. Michelle says:

    That’s IMPRESSIVE! I wish you would share your fiber projects more often….

  7. Denise says:

    nice work! Love the variety and placement of the colors.

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