I thought I needed to work 20 repeats of Chart 2. But then when I was at the 18th, I tried the shawl on and found that it was indeed big enough even for me. So, I stopped and started the edging. I learned from the Yahoo! Kiri Group that in order to get the points on the edge, I need to cast off really loose. So, I went up to US10.5 and kept reminding myself, "Get loose ... get loose!" But still, as you can see, the points are not prominent and the edge is close to a straight one:
Yet, I am happy with the shawl as a whole. One thing I learned about myself from the knitting of River and Kiri is that I am not a chart knitter. The charts are good in that they give me an idea of how the patterns would look like, but for knitting, I didn't do very well from reading them. I went much faster knitting from the instructions. And yes, I did knit very fast with lace. This one took me less than 2 weeks to finish ... I don't know on average how long others take to finish Kiri, but less than 2 weeks is a surprise to myself too.
Pattern: Kiri by Polly
This is a little bit more complicated than River. However, once I understood how the previous rows were related to the knitting row, everything went easier ... I found it easier to detect any mistake early, and therefore it was easier to correct.
Yarn: Kettled Dyed Pure Wool Lace Yarn from handpaintedyarn.com Col: Vermillion
I almost used up a whole skein of 850 yards. I chose this lace yarn over KSH (which I love) because I am not sure if my MIL likes mohair. Also, the colour is what she would love. I think this yarn is not the extremely super soft type but is good enough for first time lace knitters, who want to have a try. Besides, the price is good. I love the thousands of colours available on their website. However, there are too many other choices available that I would like to try, for example, Zephyr (Jagger Spun) and Alpaca Cloud (Knit Picks), it may be a long time before I use this same yarn again. That being said, I still have one huge skein in the same colour.
Gauge and Needle: To be honest, I never did a swatch for both River and Kiri. I had no idea how to because the lace is so airy. But when I measured the pattern repeats, my gauge is 3" x 3" for 2 pattern repeats (before blocking) using US7. For cast off, US10.5 were used.