For the last five or six nights, I’ve said to myself “I’m going to finish this shawl before I go to bed” and half the time, I never even get to knit a stitch. I’ll accept that I’m probably the only one who feels this way but I do not like the long days. By the time we get in from outside, it’s well after 8, sometimes 8:30. Last night we were still out doing things with flashlights at 9:00. If you think I’m not listening for every little sound . . just in case there’s a snake lurking . . I do not like having so many snakes this year!
So, we come in, take a shower and go to bed . . no knitting time. Do not like the long days! I am counting down the days til June 20 and then I will celebrate that slowly, but surely, the days will be getting shorter. I do understand why so many people like the longer hours of daylight though.
Back to my Fairyhill Shawl. It’s the first installment of Curious Handmade’s Shawl Society II. I can’t say enough good about her patterns. Every row is written out and numbered. At the end of every row it tells you how many stitches you should have on your needles and there’s a notation in increments of 5% to let you know exactly how much, percentage wise, you have done. These projects aren’t true mystery projects because you see the whole pattern at once but up until the pattern is released, you don’t know what it’s going to be. A week or so before the next pattern is released, she gives you the yarn requirements and a bit of info about the pattern. I’m really enjoying this. It’s a bit of a challenge and I love that.
I’ve already shown some of these photos but here’s the yarn I chose. This particular pattern has a small and medium option, one color or two colors and beads or no beads and called for fingering weight yarn. I chose the medium size, two color with beads and my yarn is sport weight, Cephalopod’s Bugga.
After knitting a bit, I was concerned that using sport weight, the fabric was going to be too dense and not lacy enough. I went with the same size needles as had been recommended for the fingering weight, instead of going up a size, because I’m a loose knitter and I usually go down a needle size.
In my opinion, there’s a fine line for my preference between wanting the beads to show and not totally blend, and also not wanting them to be in your face (think . . white yarn/red beads). There are time when in your face beads are good but for the most part, I want my beads to almost blend but have just a little bit of sparkle. These beads, while they were very hard to photograph, are exactly what I wanted. In the light, there will be a little bit of sparkle but they don’t take away from the design.
OK .. here it is all finished!
The lacy actually blocked out to be quite pretty and I’m happy with the design, the yarn and the beads.
It’s nice to finish something I love and it all came from stash yarn. We’ll get the second pattern (#2 of 6) some time after the first of June. I already have my yarn for that one and it’s all stash yarn too.