Not one but two new patterns this week!
On Thursday the first of the Knitvent patterns was released, a shawl, which I oculd have done without :)
As it's Knitvent, i thought that I'd try to knit them all in Ch
ristmassy colours - green, red, white, sparkly, So I went stash diving and found some lovely deep red 4ply. But after a few rows I gave up, didn't like the yarn and needle combination. Stash diving again, and this time it's a wonderfully soft cashmere blend in mid-grey. I ought to mention that these yarns are nlabelled and I have percentages, so I weighed the yarn at cast on, kntted 5% and reweighed the yarn. I had a sneaky suspicion that this yarn was a bit thicker than 4 ply, and I was correct! So it's back to the stash dive. I'm considering some Wollmeise (because it's green and already wond up) but I may wait until the weekend and have another proper good rummage.
On Friday Stitchnerd released her MKAL cowl pattern. This also involved stash busting. This pattern calls for three colours - MC, contasting CC and a stirping AC (accent colour). Could I find any lighter shades in my oddball DK stash? I found plenty of brightly coloured CC which would have contrasted nicely with a dark MC, but as I'm using Noro for the AC I thought I'd go for fairly neutral MC and CC.
FINALLY cast on late on Saturday. I'm fairly sure that the navy is aran weight, but it's a cowl and I can live with a bigger cowl! As I haven't looked at the next clue I don't yet know how it's finished off. I'm thinking that the side with short rows will be at the bottom. Ic ould be worng of course,
It's just mosaic and short rows, very easy pattern. now that I can see how it knits up, i can see this in brighter bands of mosaic, with a plain or tweedy yar for the short rows. Also a great way of using up small oddments on the short row section, don't you think>