From August 2015

Seeing Rainbows

Spring Thaw shawlIt’s been a month since I posted, because I really haven’t had any finished objects to share. It’s been a busy summer, with taking my daughter to visit her grandparents and a two week visit from her best friend, which included a camping trip.

After knitting my last sweater, I had several false starts on other projects, so I wanted something that would be easy and mindless to knit. I also wanted it to be fun.

I came across the Spring Thaw shawl pattern, which looked simple enough, and it is a free pattern to boot! I had this gorgeous rainbow Kauni yarn in my stash, which I had purchased with the intention of making a shawl, so I grabbed my needles and started knitting.

Spring Thaw shawlWith this yarn, as you knit and the shawl gets larger, the colour bands get narrower. When I first started the shawl, it felt like the yellow would never transition to the next colour. My only complaint with the pattern is that it doesn’t give any advice as to how many repeats you need to do for your yardage. I believe I ended up with 15 repeats of the leaf chart before moving on to the intermediate edging. I didn’t really keep track though, so I could be wrong.

Spring Thaw, knitting on BC FerriesOne of the great things about this pattern is that the leaf lace is incredibly easy to read, and I found that once I’d knit the chart a couple of times, I didn’t need to refer back to it, so it made this project ideal for travelling.

I took this picture of knitting while on the way to Nanaimo to pick my daughter up from her week with her grandparents. I am currently using it as my profile picture on Ravelry, because I think it’s a cute photo.

Soaking Spring ThawThe night before we went camping on the Sunshine Coast, I blocked the shawl. It had been sitting for several days, because I didn’t want to block it on the bed, but since my son is away at his dad’s house for the summer, I used his bedroom floor.

Kauni is NOT a soft yarn. It’s actually quite rough, which is part of the reason I used it in a shawl, rather than a sweater, which has more skin contact. Because of the roughness of the yarn, I opted to soak it for about an hour in Eucalan and some rich hair conditioner. Sounds strange, but it does really help!

Spring Thaw, leaf detailHere’s the shawl, blocking. You can see the leaf detail. My apologies for the poor image quality on this one, it’s an Instagram photo, and I didn’t have enough lighting. My project page on Ravelry is here if you’re so inclined.

While camping, I knit a hat and started a sweater, but those are projects for another post. I also started a bulky weight sweater (yes, I started a bulky sweater in summertime, because I am completely insane and like to cook myself under a pile of yarn). The bulky sweater is coming along nicely, and I should be finished in a week or so.