Where does the week go? One minute it was Monday and ow it's Friday!
I have been knitting.
Shawl one - Rocky Mouintaineer by Stitchnerd is DONE! It was a rough knit. The yarn collapsed into a messy knotted heap whilst trying to wind it into a ball. I spent two days untangling. Had to cut the yarn in numerous places. one 100g skein with about 12 knots by the time I'd finished. Then the lace. Easy peasy, but if you drop a stitch, woe betide! It's the sort of simple lace which has travelling holes, and you end uup with just strands, Several times I had to frog back that bit of lace and reknit it all the way up. The yarn was deilish - a silk and camle blend BUT stretched out a lot when being reknit. So some of the lace patterns have pretty large holes, even after washing and blocking. It's for me, I'm happy and no-one would notice when I'm wearing it!
We tried to take photos, but they were pretty rubbish. The blocking shot shows off hte lace pattern and the colour best, I'm sure the daylight washed out some colour!
I like these shallow but wide crescent shaped shawls, great for wearing around the neck under my coat, and I can use the precious single skeins of luxury yarn, just right for next to skin wear.
I love these Stitchnerd patterns. They're easy, and use a percentage system, SO YOU DON'T RUN OUT OF YARN.....
... because I'm likely to run out of yarn on this second shawl. It's Mustardseed by Booknits.
The yardage is 383yards, about 350 metres. The yarn I've used is anonymous yarn from Jill's stash which I kept. Bit like me, no labels! But I did find a label in the vicinity (!) which was for Classic Elite Vail. A quick look on ravelry and I think it's this yarn, it certainly feels as if it's an alpaca/bamboo mix! And if it is, it has 472yards, enough for this shawl. Enough to knit one extra repeat before starting the lace. Well, it's running short. As are the beads. I keep weighing the yarn after every two rows. I have another six lace and then six garter rows to go. I think I have enough for the lace, but not all of the garter. It's nail biting! I'm going to order some more beads (steel grey, though not that obvious in the photo) in the next few weeks. Expect another finished shawl in June, albeit a little shorter than I'd planned!
And my third shawl is another MKAL! It's . Mysteriosa by Asa Tricosa. Unfortunately I didn't read the instructions on yardage, and my anticpated main colour doesn't have enough yardage. I ahve learnt my lesson. As most of my 4ply sock stash is single skeins, I've gone to the woolly 4ply and am using a cone of something - think it's a rowan, think it's donegal tweed (or did they have to stop using that name?), I haven't chosen the contrast colour yet, but think it'll be either orange or red.
Progress is slow and it's plain at the moment.
I'm pretty certain that it's not as vibrant a colour as this, otherwise the yarn wouldn't still be in stash!