I didn’t realize when I bought the yarn for this project how appropriate it would end up being for Austin, but it turns out that UT’s color is burnt orange. I didn’t actually finish this while I was there, nor would it have been appropriate for the Texas summer (not even at night! it stays so hot!), but I felt some Austin pride while working on it there. I finished it shortly after we returned to California, but it’s been an incredibly hectic few weeks and I didn’t get a chance to block it until this weekend.
The pattern is Veera Välimäki’s Stripe Study Shawl; the yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in colorways “Saffron” and “Amber Trinket.” Like many people who knit this shawl with TML, I didn’t have enough yarn to do the last stripe, but this thing is plenty huge. I’m contemplating making another with some of my handspun yarn in a significantly smaller size.
It’s miles of garter stitch, to be sure, but as long as you think of it as “relaxing” rather than “boring,” it’s fine. Great TV knitting, great knitting-circle knitting, etc. Yay!
In other news, my Path of Flowers stole is still a work in progress, though it’s definitely in the “are we there yet?” stage:
The yarn is 100% tussah silk, so I know it’s going to grow when I block it, but I still have a phobia of it ending up too short. It seems crazy that a stole would need to be taller than a person, but it actually does! Sometime in the next week or two I’ll probably decide to stick a fork in this and call it done, though.
I’ve also started a new project:
This is the beginning of a Semele, by Asa Tricosa. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile, and I love Asa’s designs in general. The yarn is Twist Sparkle by Twist, Yarns of Intrigue in Manhattan Beach. I’m suddenly having second thoughts about it, though, since this piece will ultimately be rather similar in color, shape & function to my Valentine Shawl. Hmm….
I’ve also picked up a project that has been hibernating awhile:
My linen-stitch pillow covers! I’ve decided, however, that I’m going to give up on the idea of trying to actually cover our existing ugly pillows. I think I’m just going to knit plain blue stockinette back pieces to these, sew them up, and stuff them myself. And then throw our ugly pillows in the garbage.
And last but not least, I’ve been spinning again!
I didn’t take my spinning stuff to Austin — the spindle travels well, but I’d also need the ball winder, the niddy-noddy, and the shoebox that is my poor-man’s Lazy Susan, and it just seemed simpler to leave it all behind. But I’m now about halfway through this second batch of Merino that I bought in Seattle in January, and I’m excited for its future!
That’s it for now, but there should be some full-on lace-stole action very soon!