While I was waiting for my Eala Bhan swatch to dry, a curious thing happened…
You may recall that I visited the Holland Road Yarn Company a while ago, and found myself in possession of a skein of pretty worsted-weight Knitsch (Night Swimming). I’ve had in mind to turn it into a shawl/scarf at some point, but didn’t know which pattern I’d use.
Then, at the recent Wonders of Wool market, I saw a woman wearing the most pretty scarf shawl – The Garden City Scarf, by New Zealand designer Sheryl Greenfield. This pattern was designed in tribute to Sheryl’s hometown Christchurch, New Zealand’s garden city.
The two have just become one.
I have a feeling that Night Swimming in the Garden City will be blocking prettily tomorrow morning. But then I’ll be able to get back to the gorgeous Eala Bhan. And oh yes, my other projects…
I’m so very excited about my choice of Zealana’s Kiwi for this project. Thanks everyone for your encouragement to use this yarn. 🙂 It’s going to be such fun to knit!
Now I’ve familiarised myself properly with the pattern, I know that once I get past the initial large loops, the rest of it is a regular cable all the way up the body. This won’t be difficult to adjust for length, so I shan’t worry about not getting 40 rows to 10cm. There are also detailed schematic measurements so I’ll be able to measure and adjust as I go.
Have you noticed the elegant way the cables in the swatch decrease in width and pull in the fabric as they travel up the torso? (The swatch itself is a little clumsy as I was learning the pattern as I went, but you get the general idea).
Can you see how little this particular yarn has blossomed even when washed? This will mean the cables can ‘pop’ and will not be obscured by the normal possum halo. However, the fabric itself is soft, and warm, thanks to the possum content.
And just in case you are wondering… yes, I did finish the sock. And I’ve finished another project for my niece (too boring to blog) and am almost there on two self-designed numbers. More on those another time.