This weekend was basically one long bout of knitting. For one thing it was dark & stormy. For another there was the Hungarian Grand Prix & Tour de France to be watched. I do have something to show for it: a fierce Aestlight shawl we like to call Bluefields!
Finished her up yesterday evening & did a quick evening out with the steam iron. Trying not to brag now but here she is:
Please ignore the crazy lady hair in this next one… Look! I have a wingspan!
Rocking the shawl and the knit stitch pendant:
The ends are long enough to tie at the front, which is a bonus I wasn’t expecting really. When front-tied, here’s how she looks from the back:
I improvised as I knitted along. The main goal was to use 2 skeins of the same yarn evenly. The intarsia method worked wonders on the body. Here is the wrong side but yarn carries are not pronounced:
The scallop edging is half 1 skein; half the other. I grafted the middle scallop using Kitchener stitch, and felt pretty clever. My only other mods were simple – cable cast-on for the edging & sewn cast-off for the top of the triangle.
What’s left of my 2 hanks of Araucania:
This is my first Sheltie shawl & a good learning experience. That scallop edge has 16 rows to repeat, and was my least favourite element. Inching through 279 border stitches 8 at a time was a little painful. Especially after hours of knitting.
Technically, the pattern is very sound. It seems strange to say this but if anything the instructions are too detailed. I learned new things but never had a real leap of insight. It was all laid out a bit too exactly for any of that. At some point, I just wanted to figure stuff out, you know.
Quibbles apart, I totally love this one. The former tom boy has another totally feminine knit to flaunt! I must be mellowing in my old age…