Pattern:Tuscany from No Sheep For You
Yarn: 4 skeins Elann Lara in Claret
Needles: #4 Knitpicks Options
Time to knit: 5 weeks on and off
Gripes:The yarn was very splitty but pretty and it was a good substitute for the silk the pattern called for
My last swallowtail is tiny, it couldn’t be wrapped around me, it was more like a kerchief. I really liked knitting the pattern, its beautifully written and simple. So I modified the pattern so that I can turn out one that can be actually called a shawl and wear like a shawl. I thought that knitting it up in a thicker yarn would make a sturdier and warmer shawl. I could have used the yarn in my stash but I couldn’t resist the Bernat Soy yarn on clearance at Michaels. I bought 12 skeins, 2 colors, 6 skeins each, all for 12 bucks! I should have bought all of it (I left about another dozen skeins) had I known how much I like this yarn. Despite being half acrylic, its a really lovely yarn. It is incredibly soft, good drape, shiny, and not sheddy like the Patons SWS, the other soy blend I’ve used.
While I really enjoyed knitting this pattern and with this yarn, I think Baby liked it even more cause after awhile, I noticed that the shawl started to smell like her! I left this project to be done mostly at home, so I don’t know what she does with this shawl when I’m gone. Possibly (most likely) licking it and sleeping on it. Its a good thing this yarn is not a dog hair magnet like wool!
Pattern: Swallowtail shawl from Interweave knits Fall 2006
Yarn: Bernat Soy, 5 skeins
Needles: #7 Knitpicks
Time to knit: Two weeks
Gripes: why do I keep knitting shawls when I have never ever in my life used one!
It’s too hot to keep knitting my Ariann cardigan. Though I did make progress on it during the cold spell last month. I only realized that that weather was sweater knitting weather on the last two days of below 60 degree weather. So Ariann is currently sleeping until the weather cools down, along with two other sweater/cardigans I plan on making. In the meanwhile, I have been knitting up small accessories, like a Everlasting Bagstopper, wrist warmers, a handspun hat, drunken bees socks and countless scarves. Most people knit socks, but I am not a sock person, so I knit accessories. I finished one scarf so far, made with my handspun. I am knitting two more, one just casted on today using yarn that used to be in my Etsy store. I claimed them for myself since nobody wanted them. The other is a lace scarf made out of yummy Malabrigo lace. I have one more scarf planned, just waiting for the yarn to arrive. Eye candy below for you.
Handspun rainy day scarf
I finally finished knitting the Print o’the waves stole. The outer border took almost as long as the center panel to knit. I really like this pattern, its simplistic, and elegant. I love the yarn too, my recycled cashmere sweater yarn. I had to put the project aside for a few weeks after completing the center panel because I just couldn’t figure out how to put on the border, silly me! I diligently knit the last 40 repeats of the 16 row pattern last week. I had to finish it, I needed those needle tips so I can cast on another project.
Speaking of my interchangeables, I manged to account for all of them after I thought I had lost a few of the tips. I realized that my languishing projects are forcing me not to cast on any new projects because those needles are being used. Sigh. I have three sweaters in mind that I really want to cast on but its hot and theres no available needles so they will have to wait. After finishing this stole, I realized that thee projects on the needles right now don’t really interest me, I’m itching to find another project that is lacy or interesting to do.
Previous life of this yarn
From a thrift store purchase