Good afternoon. What are you eating for lunch today? I haven’t eaten yet. I first ran by Trader Joe’s to pick up tonight’s dinner and then 30+ minutes on the elliptical. My parents passed down the machine to us so I’m determined to use it every day this month. After I soaked my foot, the dishwasher had to be unloaded and then loaded up with what was waiting in the sink. And now, this post.
I wound up more Barrett Wool Co. but this time in their Home Fingering. The top yarn cake is Scout. The bottom one is Field. The husband had ordered Field for me last year for Valentine’s Day after a big scolding from me when he didn’t deem my email about ordering Nomadic Yarns early important.
I was initially going to make some lace-patterned socks out of it but when I was planning for STITCHES West, I felt the yarn needed to be made into something more special. I trolled Ravelry pondering my options. The new craze right now is sweaters and cardigans in fingering weight yarn. I’m not completely sold yet on that train. It was a marathon knitting a worsted weight sweater. To knit one in such a light weight has me cringing a bit because that just seems like it would take forever. So a shawl was my go-to pick because I figured a cowl in fingering would be droopy and I don’t like neckwear that doesn’t do the job.
I found Light and Up by Caroline Wiens. It used to be free but now it’s $4. What grabbed me about this pattern is the tassels! I love fringe and tassels on a shawl. I think they’re the bee’s knees. I also like how it’s mainly a stockinette shawl and how there is simple lace toward the bottom of it – yeah, I can get lazy. My plan is to knit the main body in Field while just the lace sections are in Scout as well as the tassels.
Because I needed more of Field, I knitted a flat swatch in Scout. This one shows it after using a US 10.5 (6.5 mm). I had originally knitted the swatch with a US 10 (6 mm) but thought I’d try half a size up.
Here is what I have so far. I am using the US 10 because I liked the fabric better. I don’t care that my shawl won’t be 6 ft. long like the pattern’s because it’ll still have a large wingspan and be will be big enough in length in the end.
This is actually the first time I’m knitting skinny yarn with big needles. I have always avoided such projects, usually using a heavier yarn that has a matching gauge. However, I like this new way. My WIP is certainly is growing fast and I’m enjoying the process, reacquainting myself with M1L and M1R.
Okay, I really to eat something quick. I hear a bowl of cereal calling me. BTW, I finally created my About Me page if you’re interested. I’m pleased with the content. Thanks for poppin’ in. TTYS!