Sunday, January 17, 2010

cozy in red

Ahh, winter knitting and having to take photos in my kitchen. The lack of natural light is frustrating, but at least Sadie thinks these photo shoots are great fun.

This is my first shawl and I really, really enjoyed knitting it. I chose the Mara Shawl pattern and used stockinette through the main part instead of garter stitch, but that was my only modification. I love the simplicity of the pattern and the subtle ribbed ruffle on the outer edge. I'm surprised how fast this was to knit considering it's close to the same amount of wool a sweater would take. Perhaps the more mindless nature of the project makes up the time? And I have to say that this is my favourite wool, hands down. It's Debbie Bliss' Luxury Donegal Tweed, the same yarn I chose for this vest and Milo's Pebble vest. A joy to knit with, I could happily try every colour in the palette and not get bored with the nice tweedy bits. I've machine washed Milo's vest too and the wool softened up incredibly. Already I'm planning to try the 28thirty cardigan by Zephyr Knits with another colour of it if I can make my budget allow it (so much for my plan of only using the supplies I have).

Next up - trying to finish Shalom. This shawl has given me a confidence boost, but I'm still going to cross my fingers. I'm never that confident with my math.


Linda said... [Reply to comment]

What a gorgeous shawl, the perfect red too.

lamb-things said... [Reply to comment]

Everytime I see a wonderful new garment you've knitted I wish to become a better knitter. I bought another knitting book that is quite inspiring....The shawl looks lovely on you.

t does wool said... [Reply to comment]

oh...I love this shawl...that yarn...oooh!!!

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