Promise Kept

Holding true to my promise, I made time for the Summer Solstice shawl yesterday. This section is only a 6 row repeat, but when each row is 277 stitches long those  6 rows can take a while!

The image doesn’t really do the colour any justice. It’s a lustrous plum colour. Hopefully one of these photos will capture the true colour.

I chose to do 5 stitch nupps, however they aren’t showing up very well. Once the shawl is blocked I think they’ll really pop.

Part 2 will be released next Tuesday.

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Falling behind already

In my last post I told you about the Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl KAL . I was  am really excited about it. The pattern was sent out in the wee hours of June 20th. I was so excited that after opening the new pattern, I had to do this before I went to work:

That’s 277 stitches quickly cast on.

I have to say I think it was the most efficient I’ve ever been when casting on.  Normally I cast on, get frustratingly close to the final number and then run out of yarn (the long-tail cast on is my normal method of choice).  Usually – after re-casting on with a better estimate of yardage necessary to finish the job – I’ll count, re-count and then count again until I’m fairly certain I have the right number of stitches on the needles.

Not this time. I was determined to get it done right the first time, so that when I came home from work my knitting would be right there waiting for me, all ready to go. I made generous estimates for how much yarn the tail should be; I counted deliberately and placed stitch markers every 50 stitches and voilà! 277 stitches cast on in 15 min or so. (The impressive part is I made it to work on time).

All day at work the lace-y pattern was in the back of my mind. My fingers itched to get at it. Nupps, no problem, I’ve got my method worked out.

Then something happened.

Something wonderful, indulgent and expensive.

I crossed the threshold into the Apple store. (It was sort of on my way home…).

I’ve been thinking about making this purchase for a while. However, I managed to talk myself out of it since it was originally released. (Being a student with a limited budget really “helped” talk me out of it).

Student no longer, I bit the expensive bullet and purchased an iPad.

Almost immediately my need to knit my shawl melted away.

I will get to it tomorrow. I’ve promised myself.

Summer Solstice

Summer knitting should be light and airy; something to give a little warmth on cooler nights and not be too warm when while you’re knitting it. A shawl is the perfect solution.

Despite having a few other things on the go, I’ve decided to take part in Wendy Knits’ Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl KAL (knit-a-long). The pattern is a ‘mystery’ because it’s released in five increments over the next month. Rather than seeing the final product at the get go, the pattern unfolds as you go along.

The yarn I’ve chosen to use is Cascade Heritage Silk, 85% merino, 15%s silk.

The initial package includes a materials list, techniques and a swatch pattern, which I’ve knit up.

The pattern also calls for nupps or beads, but after the Advent KAL, I’ve had my fill of beads, so nupps it is. The pattern includes detailed instructions for making nupps, but I thought they came out more bobble-like than a nupp. I much prefer Nancy Bush’s technique, best demonstrated in the video below.

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The first pattern increment will be released tomorrow. Stay tuned!