When I started this shawl last June, I never imagined all that would happen in the year it would take me to finish knitting it up. There was a big move cross-country, old friends to say goodbye to and new friends to meet, a baby who would learn how to crawl, walk, and talk…
The bulk of the knitting happened in the last month and a half or so, as I envisioned the gardens, barefoot babes, yarn festivals and backyard shenanigans of summer 2012. There are a lot of light, happy thoughts knit into this scarf, and I have already been enjoying wrapping myself up in them.
Despite the length of time this was on the needles, I had a great time knitting it. It took me a while to fall in love with the chart, yet once I spent some solid time getting to know it, the knitting flew by. Kirsten Kapur never ceases to amaze me with her designs, and I’m already thinking about knitting another of her shawls.
What can I say about the yarn that hasn’t already been said? Madelinetosh is known for its beautiful colorways and deliciously soft yarn. I knit my first Ishbel in the Lettuce colorway a while back, and was thrilled to get more on the needles. One drag I feel compelled to mention: there were 2 knots in the yarn that turned out to be ends. That made me hulk-angry mad. Okay, maybe not turning green and splitting my pants mad, but irritated enough to think about sending an email to Madelinetosh and Webs. I briefly thought about teaching myself how to do a Russian join, but in the end I just made doubly sure to weave in those extra 4 ends nice and securely.
- Pattern: Hamamelis Shawl by Kirsten Kapur, Ravelled here
- Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Denim, 1 skein with leftovers
- Needles: US 6
- Mods: None.