I have been a knitting dud this year. Seriously. I have four projects I would consider myself actively interested in right now. One project I should just frog. And another crochet project that I have such high hopes for but just forget to work on. And then there’s my sock. I think I should just make it a Christmas ornament because it’s never getting its match. I don’t think.
Anyway, the good news is that I finished my Mara shawl that started back in the spring at my knitting retreat.
I loved this pattern because it was easy to memorize and knit up super fast. Well until that ruffled edge. That’s well over 550 stitches of rib. Some nights after one row, my hands just hurt. But the ruffle looks pretty so I guess it was worth it.
I used a worsted weight yarn that I dyed with my friends and it was so fun to see the colors knit up.
It’s good that it’s starting to get cool because I’m excited to wear this. And maybe I’ll tackle the pockets on my Miele vest so I can actually finish something else. It is also seasonably appropriate.
Over the summer I decided it would be nice to have a smaller project after finishing my sweater. I had some Wolle’s Yarn Creations color changing yarn in my stash that I was really wanting to knit up and The Age of Brass and Steam seamed to be the perfect pattern to show off the beautiful color transitions.
I added one extra repeat of the pattern and then knit the garter stitch edge until I finished up the skein to be sure to make the most of all the wonderful color.
It’s much bigger than the original pattern but I love how the cotton fabric drapes. I’m very pleased with this project.
As for those goals I set up last year, I’m never doing that again. Two of the three things on my needles are still on my needles but I am not ready to frog them just yet. And of the four items I wanted to knit, I managed to do one of them twice. I’m much better at deciding as I go because what I want and who gets gifts sort of gets decided along the way.
This pattern is awesome and I will probably use it again and again. You get so much bang for your buck and it’s quick. One skein of worsted weight Araucania Nature Wool and two weeks later it was done. And it might have gone even faster if during those two weeks we weren’t traveling for Thanksgiving and our trip to Charleston and Savannah. I just can’t say enough about this pattern.
I started my Augustine Shawlette almost two weeks ago and was out of town for almost an entire week with little to no knitting time.
So this is all I have.
But I am loving this pattern and I hope to find some solid knitting time to watch it grow. Comments on the other projects seem to indicate it only gets better when you start decreasing and dropping stitches to open up the stitches between the long rows.
A couple months ago I was told that Kraemer stopped using silver in this yarn because the prices were too high. But I think I’m pretty lucky because my skein is old enough that it still has silver in it.
I cast on the Augustine Shawlette last night and only did a small bit. It’s going to be a fun pattern.
Tonight I should finish up the tenth pattern repeat and start on the eleventh (hopefully). Tomorrow night I’ll have a lot of knitting time and finish the eleventh and will see if I have enough yarn for a twelfth repeat.
Even thought it’s taking me a while to knit, it’s totally worth it. It’s such an interesting pattern and the DNA cables look great.
So I’ve fallen into bad habits. Even though I have a few other projects I’d like to finish like my honey cowl and Fishtail Lace Scarf, I started looking through patterns on Ravelry with my stash in mind.
I keep thinking about how sparkly and pretty this yarn is and how I need a pretty shawl made out of it’s loveliness.
And I found what I think will be the perfect pattern. The Augustine Shawlette stuck out and I kept going back and forth and telling myself to be patient. I love the way it drapes and the way it can be worn loose like a shawl or tighter like a scarf.
My curiosity got the best of me and I had to read the pattern. So I bought the pattern the other night just so I could read it.
I clearly cannot start this project but I couldn’t help myself. It’s such a bad habit because there is so much joy in actually wearing the finished objects and I can’t keep tempting myself with new projects.
I ended up doing eleven repeats of the pattern and then did about three inches of the garter stitch edge so that I got to the final color of my yarn. I got it from Wolle’s Yarn Creations and it was so exciting to knit with to watch the colors slowly change.
I am very pleased with the way it came out.
I hope to be able to wear it soon. It’s definitely cooling off and perfect weather for a cotton shawl.
And it’s a really good size.
Look at Chica crashing the photoshoot! She loves my shawl, too.