i woke up early today and used the extra hour i had to soak the crooked walking shawl so i could block it—it’s been so long since i blocked something big and i was really looking forward to it.
i was NOT going to blow the opportunity by rushing things. i plugged in my audiobook, set up my blocking area on the living room floor, and settled in for a nice, relaxing blocking session.
i love how the stitch pattern for the hem shows that beautiful shading that looks like alternating stripes of velvet and satin from certain angles.
the yarn—great northern fibers mink/milk/merino blend—continues to impress me with its superior performance. this beautifully engineered 4-ply blend has an extremely consistent hand, which you can feel while you’re knitting it, but the proof truly comes out in the wash—you wouldn’t believe the body it has when it’s soaking wet.
the pattern is very simple to knit, but has a striking effect, especially over contrasting fabric. and the shape is going to be lovely; you can’t tell here, but the piece completely encircles the shoulders with a tiny collar at the top (to fit three sizes), where you could add a pin if you wanted. plus, you can combine any size yoke with any length of hem for a wide variety of options.
would you like to see the whole thing?
ok, here goes . . .
the test knitters are busily working away; i’m not sure exactly when it’ll be released, but probably very soon. i’m very happy with it.
i cana’t wait to unpin it and take some pictures on the form and with a live model.
actually, i’m psyched about the amount of work i’ve gotten done this week. a shawl pattern, two sweater patterns ready for tech editing, another sweater drafted, and some swatching. not to mention all the usual stuff i have to take care of on a weekly basis. i still have to finish my gray scarf and a shawl i’ve had on the needles seemingly forever (wasp and rose), but i’m working on a sample sweaters to go with those patterns.
one is david’s cable and rib pullover and the other is the whitfield shorty. finally moving forward with those projects, yay.
and i’m all done with my class prep for sock camp too
just a peek as we don’t want to spoil the fun . . . but wow, am i glad to have that done; i hate being behind on class prep.
speaking of which, it’s almost time for the spinners to arrive—more later . .