Marvelous Spiral – A logarithmic spiral, equiangular spiral or growth spiral is a special kind of spiral curve which often appears in nature. The logarithmic spiral was first described by Descartes and later extensively investigated by Jacob Bernoulli, who called it Spira mirabilis, „the marvelous spiral“.
This shawl pattern had caught my eye the first time I browsed through Meg Swansen’s magnificent book „A Gathering of Lace“ back in 2001 when the book first appeared. It’s simple but at the same time stunning and beautiful. It’s knitted in Icelandic lace-weight yarn which is a very special thing. Back in May in finally managed to procure the yarn and cast on.
This yarn is a stark contrast to everything we’re used to today. It’s not soft. It’s plain, rustic wool and no fancy blend neither. It’s a rustic singles yarn that feels pretty harsh when you’re knitting with it. But when you wash it it develops this beautiful halo and the harsh yarn turns into a drapey fabric that holds its shape wonderfully. It’s still not soft by a long shot. But it fluffy and warm and all wool.
This project has been my companion throughout spring and summer. The pattern is easily memorized and the round construction makes for very compact travel-friendly knitting. The rounds got really long in the end there and it took some real effort to finish it before August turned into September.
As always blocking worked its usual magic and turned a somewhat rumply and ugly duckling into a beautiful swan, or shawl as the case may be.
Pattern: Super-Spiral Shawl by Meg Swansen (Ravelry link), A Gathering of Lace
Yarn: Ístex Loðband Einband / Icelandic Laceweight (50 g/225 m, 4.5 skeins), color: 9044 lavender
Needles: 4.5 mm
Size: 150 cm in diameter