It's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too!! Click here to read all of our old yarn along posts. We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!
With all these finished objects this week I felt compelled to cast on something entirely new and something I haven't knit in a long while: a fine laceweight shawl. I've been knitting shawls all year long, but those have all been fingering or worsted weight shawls. This is because it takes eons to finished a laceweight shawl. That last one I did back in 2007 took me a whole year to finish.
I had three motivations in casting on the Textured Shawl from this years knit wear. One, I have been eying this silk/wool blend laceweight yarn from Wool Candy in the evening colorway for months and had been waiting for the right project to come along. Two, I had just recently received the latest Try-It set from Knitters Pride of the Karbonz, Bamboo and Nova Cubix interchangeable knitting needles that I had ordered from Amazon. I needed a project to test the needles because all of the needles in the set were fine gauged. Thirdly, I thought maybe a project that required an extra bit of patience would help me be patient through the uncertainty of the coming weeks.
So far it seems to be working. I just cast on the Textured Shawl last weekend and even with some stumbling blocks I'm already quite a ways through the pattern. That's the deceiving thing about knitting lace: that first section goes by so fast that you believe that knitting it will be a quick breeze, forgetting the midway doldrums of endless rows of hundreds of stockinette stitches; long rows that take up entire television episodes to knit. I'm hoping that this shawl is not indicative of the weeks ahead as we wonder what kind of job we'll find.
I love this blue. I think it's going to turn out beautifully.
Stay tuned. Soon I'll be posting a review of the new interchangeable knitting needles from Knitters Pride. For now you can check our my past reviews here.