I had a difficult time handing this over at the post office, I felt my heart was going with it. I loved knitting this shawl, for so many reasons. Some of those I wrote of in yesterday's post, so today I'll tell you about the yarn! and the needles! and the pattern! I can't say too much about Kim's yarn. Just look at in garter stitch:
As if that isn't enough, look at the lace:
It is a good thing I had to send it off, I couldn't stop taking pictures of it. That Opulence is soft and cushy and squooshy, a breeze to knit with. The stitches just flowed onto and off of the needles, looking gorgeous at every turn. The blend of silk and merino is soft with a sheen that reflects the light gloriously. And if you have stopped by here recently, then you know my feelings about Kim's sense of color. She is a genius. (Disclaimer: I am not an employee of Woolen Rabbit and do benefit in any way from my shameless promotion of her yarn. My only benefit is in her friendship, and that is benefit far outweighing any other kind.) The yarn arrived in one large and one smaller skein, and while they were dyed in the same dye pot, the mystery of the dye pot eludes me, they were slightly different. Because I wanted to use it as much of it as I could, I started with the larger skein and when I got to the lace section I striped the two together. It worked out well, I don't think it is noticeable except to me, and well, I am the knitter and know the secrets of the shawl.
Addi Turbo Lace needles are great! I can't wait to use them again, they work stitches together easily, the cord is flexible and the needles are practically weightless. I do have a little hole in my finger, but I do tend to be an aggressive needle pusher.
When I decided, at Kim's suggestion, to knit this shawl I was worried that the garter stitch would drive me mad, but I loved working it. I cast on while I was on my little juant down to the Carolinas, so it was perfect knitting for travel and spending time with people. In two days I had the garter stitch section almost completed and again, to use as much of the yarn as I could and make a larger shawl than the pattern is written for, I extended the garter stitch section. I only extended by a little bit though, because it occurred to me that adding length in garter stitch is like filling your bathtub with a medicine dropper. I added repeats to the easily memorizable lace section, a much more effective plan to add length. This is a well written pattern and I think would be a good introduction to lace for a knitter. I, for one, may be shopping for more Opulence to make one to keep.
My intention was to knit a hug for a friend. She has reported to me that I have succeeded.
Three hundred twenty-two to go. I am, apparently, dangerous with a camera. And with the photo-editing. Doesn't that shawl look about twelve different colors? Which one is true? I'm not even sure that I know. Whatever the actual color, I promise it is gorgeous!