G and B made me a huge pan of candy cane fudge. So very decadent and delicious - I may or may not have hidden the pan in the back of the fridge away from little hands and nibbled it mostly in secret so I didn't have to share often. N and A picked out teas and a mug. (I wholeheartedly recommend the Earl's Garden - I'm just finishing the last sip of it as I type - and Read My Lips from David's Tea by the way! It's so good and even more impressive given it was picked out by two non-tea drinkers!) J and M picked out yarn.
They had me laughing as they told me the story of how they picked out the yarn. J of course, with his story telling abilities, told it much better, but the lengths they went to for that yarn was so touching. They went into Wolesley Wool and were immediately overwhelmed. So when the clerk asked if they needed help they, of course, said yes. She started asking all sorts of questions: “what does she like to knit?” - “Everything” / “What colour is her favourite?” - “All of them” etc. Finally they got the clerk to look here on the blog and Ravelry trying to get some hints. J was unimpressed with me. He said, “Mom. You list all sorts of yarns you use, and you say this one is good for this reason or that is good for that reason, but you don’t give any hints of what yarns you’d LIKE!!!!” Ha ha! I guess I’m just a big ol’ enigma!
|Look at those glorious fall colours!|
The Maple was far too pretty to hide in my shoes as socks, plus they'd given me two skeins of it, so I had plenty to do a much bigger project. I wanted something fairly simple that would highlight the yarn, so chose Laura Aylor's Sunstruck. Squishy bias knit garter stitch and an asymetrical line seemed perfect. I chose to do mine in just two colours and I was really happy I did. For my second colour I chose Berocco's Ultra Alpaca Fine in the Pea Soup Mix colour way. I really enjoyed knitting the shawl and the short rows were addictive - which still seems odd to say given I used to avoid anything requiring short rows as one would avoid the plague - but they are actually very easy to do and watching the shape of the wedges emerge was fun.
|Starting the border stitches|
My shawl was too long and too big for the blocking
mats I had so I layered up quilts on the spare room bed
Then it took me several more days before I blocked it. Again, I'm not sure why. I ended up just spritzing the corners and edges lightly with water to block it as it certainly didn't require anything more than that. I had dispensed with such frivolities as gauge swatches given I had lots of yarn and wasn't worried about fit and so had already ended up with bit a larger shawl than the pattern called for, which I'm absolutely fine with it, subscribing to the theory that with a shawl (and my broad shoulders) bigger is almost always better. The more snuggly warmth and all. However, I really did not want to aggressively block it into ridiculous proportions so I was pretty cautious.
|LA LA LOVING my new shawl - |
it's like a warm hug from my kids when I wear it!