The lovely Evelyn at Project: Stash started a Knit-a-Long last week, which I couldn’t reisit joining. The pattern is the Wholehearted Shawl which I liked very much, and as all of the proceeds from pattern sales are being given to the designer’s daughter to help her rebuild her home after a devestating house fire, I was of course more than pleased to buy a pattern and knit both for a positive cause and join in with some lovely knitters from around the world! The first KAL post at Project: Stash is HERE, where you can read participant’s blog posts, mainly about choosing the colours for their shawls, possibly the hardest part of a project…
I didn’t find the choosing much easier, I had an idea of what I would like to knit my shawl with, so a few days ago, dug deep into the stash and pulled out a few options.
I had decided that I didn’t want to use two colours for my shawl, that I liked the different stitch patterns and I was going to let the stitches be the focus of the shawl rather than blending colours, so my mission was to find a lovely colour I would enjoy wearing as it is getting cold! My first option was the lovely cone of silk/ mohair/ wool blend. I wasn’t entirely sure about this, but have since decided that I will definitely be making a shawl with this before Winter is through!
My next option was a gorgoeus variegated purple which I bought quite some time ago, with plans for a lovely big shawl.
It is so lovely and bright and vibrant, I swoon over these colours, however was concerned that it would be too variegated and the colour changes would detract from the stitch pattern.
Finally I decided on a skein I bought at the same time as the purple, but in green. I love these colours and was soooooooooooooooooooooo ridiculously excited when I bought this yarn, and I am thrilled to be knitting it into something practical which I know I will wear for a long time!
I was still a little concerned that the yarn was a bit variegated, however decided to roll it into a nice big ball and see how it looked. As this skein is 200gms of fingering weight yarn, winding it into a ball took some time. Raymond decided to help out, but got his nose caught up in the swift…
See that indignant stance? Immediately before that photo was taken he had put his nose in the way and as the swift was spinning very fast, he got a fright. Immediately after that photo was taken he was shooed off the table by the way… he knows the rules about cats on benches and tables, he was just being cheeky and nosy!
Once balled, I decided the “variegatedness” of the yarn was not going to be a problem at all.
I cast on immediately and must say, I love knitting this shawl! I love the green, and as green is the colour of the heart chakra and this is the Wholehearted Shawl, I think it is very fitting.
I’ve completed the first section so far…
And am loving the way the greens are working together…
Hope to see more of you join in this KAL, it is so much fun to see other people’s progress and I love how one pattern has so many different results depending on the colours people choose.
I’m off to try and complete my April socks today, can you believe it is nearly May? I swear monthly socks are making the months go so much faster! Hope you are well and happy out there in the world!