Way, way back in May 2010, I selected some soft brown Alpaca Cloud and some gorgeous bronze beads for a full-sized Aeolian shawl …. a mere 2.5 years later, I have finally got this
sucker lovely creation off the needles!
Project: Little Brown Aeolian Shawl
Pattern: Aeolian Shawl
Designer: Elizabeth Freeman
Available: FREE! on knitty.com
Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Carob Heather
Beads: #8 Miyuki seed beads in Dark Bronze Metallic
Now, here is a case where I had to be a process knitter. I absolutely love the finished shawl. Alpaca Cloud is light and soft, the beads are shiny and delightful, the edging and shape of the shawl are perfect. BUT — the knitting, oh the knitting! It was interminable. Beading and nupps? Seriously? I stopped counting stitches when I hit eleven repeats of at least 30 stitches each, per half. Ugh.
But look at this:
…. totally worth it.
I always like to block almost before the last stitch is off the needles. This project was no exception. For your edification, I give you the pre-blocked shawl…
… and the blocking shawl!
I finished my Catkin a couple weeks ago! I’ve been wearing it a LOT because it is so lovely.
Project: Tute Catkin
Designer: Carina Spencer
Available: $7 on Ravelry
Yarn: Tosh Light in French Grey and Byzantine
Buttons: LaMode Style 24794 1/2” antique silver (purchased at Jo-Ann’s)
This is a pattern designed for Tosh Light, and I found two colors of Tosh Light I loved … is “French Grey” a brownish grey, or a greyish brown? Either way, it really allows the Byzantine to shine. Working with a single-ply yarn is always a bit more challenging that working with a nice round plied yarn, but sometimes the results are just so lovely, I don’t mind a bit.
The striped neck section was a bit boring to work, and keeping track of the increases was a pain. I stalled out a bit there. I stalled out again in the textured middle section, until I figured out the pattern and didn’t have to watch the chart as closely. The slipped-stitch lollipop section was fun, fun, fun — no stalling out there at all, even though the rows were at their longest.
I especially adore the slipped-stitch vertical stripes at the corners!