Happy Friday everyone!
We are safely home and the snow that fell on Wednesday (seriously adding insult to injury about leaving Hawaii) has gone and I am back to blindly believing that spring is here : )
Fortunately, I have created for myself the perfect little spring accessory. My lovely Can-Oz shawl.
As I've mentioned before, this shawl was a part of a knit along with two intertwined knit groups. One here in Calgary and one in Melbourne, Australia. I've had so much fun knitting this as a group. I can't wait to do it again (although I will have to wait a while, there are 8 of us knitting and I am the second one done).
Pattern: Sunflower Shawlette by Rose Beck
This is a a wonderful pattern. I haven't knit a lot of of shawls or lace but I found the instructions for this pattern simple and clear. There is the option of knitting from written instructions or chart (I used the chart). I love the way it turned out. My only criticism would be that the top edge is quite tight even though I knew that could be an issue and conscientiously tried to knit loosely for the first couple stitches on each row.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock
100% Merino Fingering Weight
Colourway: Earl Grey
One full skein used
As usual, Madelinetosh provided a lovely knitting experience. The finished shawl is lovely and warm (especially in the Hawaii sun) despite the lace and light weight.
I was concerned that the lace pattern would be lost in the variegation but in the end I am very pleased with how it looks.
Needles: Knit Picks nickel interchangables
4.0mm / US 6
The pattern calls for 3.75mm needles but I was hoping to get more drape in the fabric by going up a size (this may have been my undoing - keep reading)
As I said above, I went up a needles size. In the end, I knew I was not going to have enough yarn to complete all of the edging repeats. I had to end one short. I was disappointed because I love the look of the edging in the pattern as written but I don't think it really compromised the overall look of the shawl. Would I have made it if I had used 3.75 needles? Who knows.
I was considering giving this shawl as a gift to someone else but my husband has convinced me to keep it. I have already worn it out once and I am thrilled with my new spring accessory. As a wise friend also suggested, this shawl is also important in many other ways. It is a lovely reminder of my family's vacation to Maui, of the (first) Can-Oz KAL and of the friendships that knitting helps to bind.
If the other KAL members give me the ok I will try to post picks of the other shawls when they are done.
I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful spring holiday weekend and has a chance to check out some other great FO's this Friday.