I was feeling the loss of a shawl on my needles, and had to start this one because my other two WIPs are sometimes too mentally taxing to knit after a full day at work. Not normally a fan of garter stitch, I am finding the plain knitting of Lilli Pilli quite soothing at the moment.
Two Hearts is coming along nicely. I have started the armhole shaping, which means that the first piece is nearly complete. I do love how the Romney lambswool is looking in this sweater! The spin of this yarn is an airy woollen spun, and the strand comprises a two ply. It feels nice and light, even though it is heavily cabled.
Yvanna is nearly complete. The second heel is now complete, and for me that signals a home run is in sight! These socks easily rank as the most difficult pair I have ever knit. Not overly technically challenging, it’s the large charts and shifting elements of each and every row that have had me cursing the day I ever agreed to knit these on quite a few occasions! Not only am I having to mark each row as I complete it on the chart, but I also need a ruler under each row so that I can see straight!! Again, not the easiest thing to knit after a taxing day at work. Difficult one to photograph nicely – they does look better in real life.
Yvanna has also challenged me in other ways – I have missed one or two knots, and looking back I can see the errors, but the thought of ripping back and reknitting all the knots to pick up one missing one is just too stressful to contemplate! I shall just have to say that they are organic Yvannas – after all, when is one blossom branch exactly the same as another!? 😉 This approach doesn’t sit overly well with my perfectionist nature though. There is probably a way I can create a knot embroidery style… I may look into that if I can’t bear the thought of handing them over the way they are.
Perhaps it is the effect of knitting two complex patterns at the same time, or the after effects of knitting that lovely Hybrid Vigour, but my mind is drifting back to lace and beads and shawls… and what to knit after Lilli Pilli. Perhaps it is time to have another attempt at the Southern Skies, or perhaps I need to finally make a start on the Rosebud?
Scratching around for a trio of yarns to combine into Lilli Pilli, I also came across this lovely set:
In the end, I wanted a more dramatic Lilli Pilli (perhaps I’m just very boring and like the colour combination shown in the pattern…) but I decided not to go with this colour set. Wouldn’t they make a beautiful Cameo or Bush Creek though? The beautiful drape of the merino/silk does lend itself to very delicate lace though… perhaps something more like Versailles? Or one of Boo Knits‘ hauntingly beautiful designs? Decisions, decisions!
Wishing you all a great weekend and a lovely week ahead!