Last week, I had a lot of fun blogging for Knitting and Crochet Blog week, but it was also a lot of work! It is nice this week to be able to put the focus back on actual knitting.
I found last week's blogs to be very inspirational and motivating. So, when I finished the Little Start sweater* on Monday, I decided to push myself and try something new.
(*more on this later - like on Friday ; )
Last year (actually last April!), I bought some lace weight yarn for the first time with little clue of what I was going to do with it. Yesterday, I cast on for my first ever shawl. I have nicknamed it "Croissant."
I am holding two lace weights together - I have never knitted with two different yarns held together but so far so good.
The two yarns are a baby alpaca in a creamy tan colour and a Noro that is a mix of brown and creams. This is my first time ever using Noro. I have heard all about the pros and cons of it. People seem to either love it or hate it. I am more than a little excited to finally try it.
|Won't these lovely neutrals look nice together?|
|Hmmm, welcome to Noro I guess.|
The pattern I am using is Lune Shawl. I am doing the simple stockinette version (the purple/blue one on the link). It is a very simple pattern for my first "lace" shawl but I am already learning so much from it!
It started with a provisional cast on, which I had never done, but the pattern came with clear instructions and I got it on the first go!
I have done a fair amount of knitting from charts but mostly for colourwork or patterned dishcloths. This is definitely the most counting and math I've had to manage while knitting.
In the beginning, I thought maybe I was just knitting a senseless puddle of yarn but, sure enough, there is now an actual pattern appearing. It is very exciting!
Friday, I will show you finished pics of my No Star sweater as well as action shots of it on my somewhat reluctant Monkey. Surely you wouldn't want to miss that?
Also, don't miss your chance to check out more works-in-progress over on Tami's blog!