… the needles that is!
Off: I recently finished the Follow Your Arrow Mystery Shawl KAL by Ysolda Teague.
This is my third mystery shawl KAL and I've firmly decided they are not for me. I decided to do this one because I trust Ysolda's designs implicitly and I had an awesome group of fellow knitters who dived in with me.
Over all, this was a good experience. I made myself let go and give in to the adventure. I made my decisions for clues based on the instructions and peeked at spoilers after I had made my choice. The only time I changed my mind was on the very last clue - a knit on edging was taking me forever, so I ripped back and did the other equally as beautiful clue. I even resisted the urge to make a single modification - until the cast-off! I did a picot edge to be reminiscent of arrow fletching.
In the end, I found the design to be a little unbalanced. The first two clues (out of five) created a dense fabric and then the rest of the clues were beautiful, arrow-esque, lace patterns. If I could do it all over again, I would do a lacy, more open beginning. The best part of this KAL was seeing all of the different combinations and yarns people used. So much diversity and lot of fun!
On: With the shawl hot off the needles, I decided to cast-on a sweater! Inspired by my upcoming class, I chose to knit Amélie by Gudrun Johnston. Amélie has been sitting at #3 in my Ravelry Queue since it's debut 7 months ago. The simple vintage style design is punctuated by such sweet details. I plan on making the sleeves three-quarter length and I hope to be wearing at class!
I am knitting the sweater from a new-to-me yarn, Esopus Sock by Jill Draper Makes Stuff in Mourning Dove, a blue-toned, soft grey. I was immediately attracted to the squishy high twist and the yardage. It swatched beautifully and so far, the results are fantastic. I am looking forward to where Jill Draper takes her yarn line since she's committed to sourcing and spinning yarn locally.
It would seem I have an affinity for Scottish designers!