Catching up is such a process. This is the shawl post in which I will attempt to chronicle three months of shawl and miscellaneous knitting that took place in the latter quarter of 2010. Without further ado…
I will start with Saroyan x 2! The last two years I was smitten by Sundara's yarns, mostly because they were so unobtainable. This made made want to own skeins and skeins of the stuff. I would join the clubs just to make sure that I received a good assortment. While beautiful, it is now out of my budgetary wheelhouse but I enjoy folding and knitting it up…very slowly, you know, to make it last. Saroyan is a great pattern to use for small batches of luxury yarn. I has three skeins of the Silk Aran in Orange Blossom. The first shawl I knit used up just one skein. I made some adjustment to repeats and the result is still a generously sized shawl. This one made its way to the UK with my friend Annie. Hi, Annie, hope you like it !
I loved this pattern so much, I had to try it using beads. This one is slightly longer and is part of an upcoming charity auction for the SPCA. Someone on Ravelry has figured out how to add little dangly leaves to the ends. I tried this and didn't have the patience to follow through. I must preserve because I love the look so much.
When I visited Stitches South in Atlanta last April, Citron was on every ones shoulders. You could see every colorway and yarn imaginable. I made mine using a Cranberry Zauberball. My only regret, not having made it larger. This one was knit on the September trip to Toronto. Since that trip was so jam packed, it will need a post to itself. Stay tuned.
Next up, Classic Washcloths. These are the classic numbers from the Mason Dixon book. I used the same yarn called for, Crystal Palace Chenille culled from a Ravelry stash. This stuff does not worm! You've got to love that. The trio were part of a wedding basket filled with cleaning necessities. I hate gift registries and prefer to do my own thing. Who can't use Method and Mrs. Meyer's cleaning supplies? So pretty and smells good, too!
Florida has been in the grips of some pretty cold weather….again. I am not an afghan fan, especially those ziggy zaggy ones that seem to be a prolific sight on the backs of sofas here in the South. Really, any throw draped on furniture, other than a bedroom chaise is a turn off for me.
Despite turning up my nose at knitted blankets, I was smitten with this one. It's the Hemlock Ring Blanket, a modern take on a doily pattern. This was Jared Flood's brainchild, which some charting assistance from the Rainy Sisters. Again, I used the called for yarn, Cascade Eco Wool In tarnish purchased from a Ravelers stash. I loved this knit as it flew right along. I was actually sad when it was finished. Blocking was a bear and I definitely recommend blocking the center as it will bubble. The feather and fan portion will still bubble a bit, despite heavy blocking. That OK, though. Another regret, the color. This grey is so boring. Go check out some of the ones in the Ravelry database. The orange one is just spectacular. Eco Wool comes in colors…..