Did I Tell You I Like Purple?

Well, I do. A lot. See?

This is my lusciously purple Chandra shawl, knit in Madelinetosh Eyre, Duchess and Wisteria. It is a fabulous merino/silk blend which cost more than I liked, but was a pleasure to knit.

I made a big boo-boo on this, though. Somehow, by some strange genius on my part, when I was casting on, I added one extra repeat without knowing it. Weird, right? And, of course, I didn’t find out until I was nearly finished with the whole piece because of the nature of the construction. As I started getting closer and closer to the end of the short rows and it became evident that one side had an entire repeat more than the other, I shrugged my shoulders and kept going. I wasn’t going to frog it. So, here is my mistake (personal touch?):

When folded in half, the ends don’t match. But, it can be worn in such a way that it won’t matter. It is such a snippet of a thing.

One note, however, is that the top edge rolls terribly when knit as written. If I were to make this shawl again, I would definitely do something about that. And, I would cast on the correct number of stitches, too.

Otherwise, I have a new, gorgeous, silk/merino, handknit, purple shawlette just in time for Fall. Isn’t knitting grand?

Decisions, Decisions

The question really should be, “Should I finish something that I have on the needles or should I start a new project”.

But the answer to that is obvious.

Once that is taken care of, now I ask what project should I cast on next?

This weekend I was gifted the pattern for the Chandra Shawl (thanks again, C). I have been saving my Madelintosh Eyre for this shawl, and now that the pattern is mine and all printed up and put in a folder set alongside the three gorgeous balls of merino/silk/alpaca (can you say “luxurious”?)… well, could you resist?

I was also given a skein of Knit Picks Stroll this weekend (for a baby shower gift which is all kinds of awesome! Thanks, N!). This yarn is crying out to be made into a pair of Maeva Socks, don’t you think?

But how does one choose between them?

Oh, it is a tough decision, and the little nagging voice in my head said, “Why start something new when you have so many wonderful things on your needles already? Be a good girl and finish something first. What about that nice silk lace shawl you have been neglecting this week? That would be fun.”

To keep myself on the straight and narrow (because I try to be good, really, I do), I went to my Ravelry project page and counted my WIPs.

  • One lace shawl
  • One Christmas project (aka – no rush)
  • One silk top that should be put into hibernation because I don’t even remember when last I worked on it.
  • One crochet project (yeah, right. Like I’m really going to work on that!)
  • One super boring sampler in which I am knitting billions and billions (okay, one hundred, but it might as well be billions) of tiny squares to sew together and make something I don’t have a use or desire for.

Let’s see. That is five works in progress. Five. Five? Five!

So, I cast on the shawl and the socks, of course! 🙂