Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Mixed Green Shawl
After I've finished my Haruni shawl, I went through my stash to find some yarn for my next shawl. I did not know what I wanted to knit next, but was just looking through it all, to find suitable yarn. That's when I came across some ancient Evilla yarn. It's very smelly, and really rough. I had wound a skein into a yarn cake a long time ago, and just found the second skein. Somehow I wanted to get it out of my stash, and decided to knit a shawl with it. I wound the second skein, sat down, and cast on. I had no clue what I was doing, no pattern. It's not even lace weight yarn, or fingering weight either. It's so rough, that I would not tolerate something made of it on my head, on my hands, or feet, but a shawl over clothing would be alright. Besides I liked the colorway, it's so rustic!
There was vegetable matter to feed a sheep, which I picked out as I knit, some of the dry grass got stuck in my fingers, prickly little things.
Since I've knit Miralda shawl by Nancy Bush, I always wanted to use the "Gathered stitch pattern" again, and this was the time I did. I love the look of this stitch pattern!
I wanted to use up all of the yarn I had, and at the end I almost ran out of yarn. I could not quite finish it, as I wanted to, but I managed to do another gatheres stitch pattern before I had to do the garter stitch section before the bind off. At least there's nothing of it left now.
Somehow I didn't block it with pins and needles. I just soaked it in wool wash, and soaked it in water with hair conditioner in it (for the smell). It did nothing for the roughness, but it sure smelled good afterwards. I just smoothed it out on a big towel on the floor. I'll do a better job, after it's next bath whenever. It turned out huge, compared to all the other shawls I made lately, and it's warm too. I like it, even though it's nothing special, a real down to earth kind of shawl for every day use.
It's also # 2 of 10shawls2010.
And here's one more shot with my Sweety.
Here are the specs:
pattern: my own
yarn: Evilla 100% wool, color A-35, 4/2 (mixed green), 220yds/100g, used 417g - 917yds.
size after blocking: 39" x 80"
start-finish: Jan. 11-16
I almost forgot to add this link to the most wonderful new sock pattern coming soon! For adventurous knitters only I'm sure, have a look! Flower socks by Bea