Last post April the Okie commented that she wants to see what I’m working on now. Well, funny you should ask, April the Okie! I’ve started on the Spirit of the Southwest shawl which my wonderful secret pal April the Okie sent. I’ve been wanting to knit this for a Very Special Person since last July – and now it’s been started! Yarn is Grignaso Regina, sent in the birthday box from my wonderful secret pal April the Okie… here’s Fritty getting cozy with it.
Isn’t she a darling. And about 80 rows into the shawl… this is the sunshine & butterflies the pattern tells about.
Though it’s stretched across different needles for the sake of the picture, I’m using 3.5mm (US4) needles – the same needles that were in Pi R Square. Were. Last week I posted that I hadn’t been working on it lately because of the disappearing chart… well, I fished out the magazine and sat down with the shawl to find out that’s not the reason why it’s been ignored lately. Instead I found that Something Went Horribly Wrong. Two somethings, maybe? A something and a half. The first something is just a little something. The lace patterns on the first two little sections of the shawl don’t really look like anything. Might as well have left the first in garter stitch; the second, I’m not sure, but what’s there doesn’t work.
The other problem…
I need to find a lace pattern that works better with the increases along the side… that, or actually make an effort next time instead of knitting whatever random chart appeals to me. But it’s been fun so far… I’ll roll it up and tote it around until I get the urge to try again. And just one more thing I’ve been attempting to start… the Tiger Swallowtail Shawl with some laceweight wool from Polarg. The pattern calls for DK cotton; I want to use laceweight wool. This’ll be interesting, won’t it. First attempt with 4.5mm (US7) needles came out looser than I’d like.. the hamster in my head says that 3.75mm (US5) needles would be happy. Stupid rodent picks something I don’t have. Anybody want to trade some needles for a doily?
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