Finally! This shawl has been done for over a week – actually about two weeks – but I just procrastinated on blocking it. But I was home sick today, and decided to finally just do it! But just a warning – the pictures aren’t wonderful because its raining here (again) and Cieara was not too enthused about modeling this (she wanted to eat her after school snack).
OK, let’s start with the pattern. This is really an extremely easy pattern – it’s just basically stockinette with the occasional increase or decrease row. I did one more repeat than the pattern called for to make it a little bigger – I had enough yarn for yet another repeat but by the time I finished the one extra I was so tired of it – and every row had 800 stitches and that’s just too much sometimes. I blocked this out by hand – no wires and I just sort of pulled and patted it into shape. I’m glad I did the extra repeat – it would have been a little small without it but I think the size is perfect now.
I loved using this yarn – Prairie is lace weight – Ravelry says two ply but it’s actually a single ply superwash merino. It is such a nice yarn – its sort of soft and yet crunchy and I think it had great stitch definition. I love this colorway – I bought this at Webs in January and as soon as I saw it I had to buy it – its black with a little bit of blue – just gorgeous. I know its hard to see in my horrible pictures – but it’s there and it just adds something to the shawl. Definitely recommend the yarn – it’s a great price for the yardage and the colorways are amazing.
I’m pretty happy with the shawl – I don’t know why it took so long to block but I’m glad I finished it finally. I think this will be a nice shawl to wear when I need a little something for nice occasions (well, nicer than when I’m wearing yoga pants and t-shirts!)
Remember when I told you that Wandering Cat Yarns was having a contest? I won!
I was floored – but very happy to pick something from their shop. It was a hard choice but I finally chose their Fat Cat DK – colorway is Budgie. This is such nice yarn – very soft and I think it will make very nice socks. Thanks Valerie and Rhonda!
I have been sick with a cold for two weeks now, and it just kept on getting worse and today I finally gave in and went to the doctor for antibiotics. Its been terrible – I’ve been really tired and out of it, and haven’t been able to do anything fun. I hope that the antibiotics work fast – it looks like this weekend is going to be nice and I’d love to do something outside (play golf, walk dogs, etc). I haven’t even been knitting much – too much time sleeping and sneezing. I still haven’t started the sweater but I think I’m going to cast on tonight since I finished the Traveling Woman shawl today (more on that next time!).
What has also kept me busy recently is that we are starting a lot of house projects – ok, well, we are watching other people do things on our house! The painter started on our bedroom Monday (the last post on this was last August – and we’ve had these stripes on the wall ever since!). I am so excited about the room being done – we made a lot of changes to it, and its going to be beautiful. We are also having a new furnace put in, new patio door, cleaning out rooms, decluttering…the list goes on and on. Something about spring makes me want to clean up, make changes and do things a little bit more. It’s exhausting though!
OK, I’m off to try to figure out a provisional cast on with 200 plus stitches – that sounds scary!
Have a good week – happy Spring!