Monday, June 13, 2011
Clue #1 of Knitting Like Crazy's Mystery Shawl is complete! I know, I know, it's a little late...but I've been busy! Lots of projects, long days at work, school and homework, all keep me from knitting in a timely manner. I'm trying my best though! The kitties and I are diligently working through our yarn stash and I am proud to say that I haven't bought a single skein of yarn for knitting since summer began! I did buy one ball of white string for another craft project...so it doesn't count. Jen's mystery shawl from her blog is beautiful. I'm using some lace weight baby alpaca (by Cascade Yarns of course. My favorite!) instead of the fingering weight recommended. I knit it very loosely with size 4 needles (I even used my new Signature Needle Arts needles) so the finished product will be very light and airy. This yarn is so soft and such a pretty summer timey green it should make a beautiful shawl. I'm very excited about this project and It's knitting up quickly. When I was just beginning this shawl I think I cast on and ripped out the first few rows 5 or 6 times because I just wasn't getting the right gauge. Finally I settled on what feel is an acceptable gauge and went with it. Jen has a beautiful pattern here. I love it!
I came back from the kitchen to find Snookie curled up under my shawl! What a sweety! I just love my babies! I guess she thought the baby alpaca made a nice blanket. She is the expert on comfy things to sleep on so I'll take her word for it.