It’s been a little while since I went to Andyfest and came back with all that yarn *ahem*.
Unfortunately for the yarn/fortunately for designing I’ve not had much time for non-work knitting since then, so I’ve not made much, but actually having finished something(s) by now is quite good by my usual standards!
First, I made this lovely shawlette while I was on holiday all the way back in September. The pattern is Rosaleen by Rachel Coopey with a skein of Easyknits Cloud in the ‘Petrolhead’ shade (I’m a bit of a motorsport fan, so it seemed quite appropriate):
I love the edging on this, the bottom edging reminds me of flowers and features beautiful twisted stitches (I love twisted stitches).
The top edging is a twisted stitch rib that ties in with the bottom edge nicely. Did I mention how much I love these twisted stitches?
Although I finished the knitting on holiday, it is a little bit difficult to block shawls in a hotel room, and I didn’t fancy trying to take pins on a plane just for that, so it did languish unblocked for a while before I got round to that bit, hence the lack of photos until now.
It’s a great pattern and it made a good holiday knit, being in DK weight yarn it was fairly quick to do.
The yarn is gorgeous and works well with the twisted stitches and the lace, although I was cutting it a bit fine with the yardage, as the recommended yarn is quite a bit longer per skein. I had several moments of doubt about whether I would have enough, and spent a lot of time nearer the end of the shawlette working out how I could shorten the edging if necessary, as well as nervously measuring out the remaining yarn. So if you’re planning on making this in the same yarn I would get an extra skein, especially as I knit fairly tightly, so I tend to use a bit less yarn.
Happily though I had just about enough to finish it as per the pattern, with a tiny ball of yarn the size of a cherry tomato left over!
Come back tomorrow for the second finished item!
Happy New Year!