Project: Alizarin Damask
Designer: Kitman Figueroa
Available: $5 on Ravelry
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Alizarin
This is my second try on this particular pattern, and I’m glad I stuck it out! I love the undulating waves, punctuated by nupps and wrapped stitches. There’s a lot going on with this pattern, and in retrospect I wish I’d chosen a lighter-colored yarn … but I loved working with the Tosh Light, and I love wearing the finished shawlette. I made the small size, and it’s really more kerchief than shawl.
This week I finished a shawl … and started a new one! I am trying Damask again, this time using Tosh Light in Alizarin. It’s hard to photograph, but it is a beautiful warm browny-rainbow colorway. This time around I’m doing the smallest size, and so far it’s working out much, much better.
Oh dear, cast-on-itis hit hard this week!
It all started Monday, when I drove to Andover to teach my Steek This class. I was also signed up to staff the brand-spanking-new “Knitting 911” hour right before my class. I thought to myself, Self, you should knit on a project using Unforgettable Yarns yarn, while you are being the Knitting 911 Knitter. So, I printed out the pattern for the Ruffled and Ruched Scarf, wound up a skein of heathered-pink Cascade 220, and cast on right then and there.
Then, I went on a weekend knitting retreat to Maine with some awesome knitting friends. I had a terrible time choosing which WIPs and potential WIPs to take along …. so I didn’t choose. I brought piles and piles of yarn and projects and patterns — as if it were a month-long knitting retreat with a TARDIS to give us several extra years of knitting time. While there, I worked on about half a dozen projects, including my Flurry sweater prototype. I also cast on for my Damask shawl (largest version) with new Stroll Glimmer in Potion. I absolutely love it. It’s hard to see the sparkle in these photos, but please be sure that the Stellina is shiny in just the right amount, as well as being unbelievably soft to the touch.
When I arrived home late Sunday night, there was a Knit Picks box waiting for me! This box had six balls of Capra DK in Regal — destined to make a Firefly Shrug for my mom. I have to scoot on this project, because she needs it for a wedding in mid-October. I cast on today!