Hello, and a Happy Weekend to you, in what has been another momentous week on the global stage. I hope this post finds you well, and doing things that you love.
It is a rainy, rainy day today, perfect for staying home, curling up with knitting and doing not much else.
Thank you so much for your lovely, supportive comments about the finished cardigan I showed you last. I have to say, having now worn it for a couple of weeks, I am especially enamoured of the beautiful yarn – that cashmere blend is something else!
I managed to finish Lacebark this week! I am so thrilled with how it turned out! As you can see by the million photographs I took…
Mary-Anne Mace’s designs take my breath away every time.
So, what did I do for this shawl?
I used three different yarns, but all in the same high-twist merino base type, to give the shawl textural consistency. I knew when I started it that I would not have enough of the main gradient yarn I used from Ozifarmer’s Market, so I scratched around in my stash and found a beautiful deeper purple colourway from another indie dyer (who sadly no longer makes pretty yarn), and a plain undyed yarn.
I worked the tip in white, and then added in the gradient, and when the gradient was done, I added in the deeper purple.
The pattern itself is interesting. You start out with very basic lace, and gradually move into more and more complex lace techniques as you progress. The final few charts with lace on every side were quite a brain workout, but the result is worth it, and I am sure the grey matter is working much better after that bit of exercise! I do like the progression of lace pattern – it makes it quite interesting to wear.
In between lace knitting, I did plain vanilla sock knitting, and finished the cute colourway I got from Doespins a while ago, and started another pair (yarn from Happy-go-knitty). These are quite good to knit in the sleepy hours I resist going to bed in, helping me to wind down after a long day in the office, and getting in some ‘me’ time.
It seems that not only must there always be a sock, but there must also always be a shawl on the needles. After much deliberation, I’ve picked the next project.
I can’t help myself – it’s another Lace Eater design, Regenerate, found in Knitty’s Spring/Summer 2014 patterns. I’m pairing it with Rosewood Wool’s natural dyed Romney wool.
Until next time, Happy Knitting!