I wrote about this shawl a few weeks ago when I wrote about all the projects I had on my needles. I wasn't expecting to be finished with it this soon, but after weighing my yarn halfway through the second chart repeat, I realized Jesse & I would be playing some serious yarn chicken if we repeated the entire chart twice, so we bound off after working the chart one and a half times. The result is a lovely sized, delicate, shawl.
This shawl is so special. Not only is the yarn naturally dyed, but it's the first thing that Jesse and I have knitted together that's exactly the same. She put it best - it's the knitting version of the 90's BFF necklaces.
The color is a bit hard to pick up - it's a wonderful orangeish-brown, with red tones. Great description, right? The above color is probably the most accurate that we could get.
I also want to take a second to apologize to those of you that are still snow-covered. I hope these photos give you a glimpse of what's to come - Spring will arrive! We've been having some beautiful weather this week, and I'm getting really excited for the flowers to bloom, and all the gardening in my future.
The yarn I used for this shawl is a 70/30 wool/silk blend from Knit Picks that I picked up during one of their sales. I've dyed two other skeins of it, and I just love the way the wool and silk pick up the dye. The yarn always turns out so silky, with just a hint of sheen. I plan on using one of the skeins for a pair of socks, and I'll be interested to see how the yarn holds up as socks. I loved working with it, and may use the remaining 98 yards of this skein for a pair of fingerless mitts.
Since I got two projects off the needles this past weekend, I've already started a new laceweight tank for me, and will cast on for the baby knit I asked your advice on last week. I hope to have a post next week to show you what project I ended up choosing! Thanks to all of you for weighing in - it was much appreciated!