So. Meet my latest shawl. More of a scarf really as it's quite petite. The pattern is Different Lines from the brilliant Veera, and is a variation of her Stripes Study shawl pattern. I've cast on for that one too, in green and charcoal (yes I found a use for those yarns I dyed), so look out for yet another "tis the season" post, you lucky lucky people.
I knitted this in two sock yarns, one charcoal and the other an undyed natural cream, but when it was finished the cream looked a most unattractive shade of dirty off white so I threw the shawl into a sort of grape-purple dyebath (cherry Kool Aid, courtesy of my American
The natural yarn turned a slightly more fetching shade of plum, but I was surprised at the extent to which the dark grey took up the purple dye, as it's now a very deep aubergine. That is, except for the final couple of dozen stitches on the bind off which were done in a different grey because I ran out of yarn so subbed in with a mystery grey thread from the stash which took up the dye at a different rate (ie. not at all). Sigh. I'm telling myself it's not noticeable. If you can spot it in the photos I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW. (I just looked at this photo; it is indeed noticeable. I just also noticed how appallingly creased the shawl is. It'd been in my overnight bag for a couple of days as I took it away with me to the sheep & wool show which reminds me ... stash enhancement and woolly tales to come! Anyway apologies for the lack of artfully styled and carefully pressed knitwear photos).
I notice the house needs repainting too. Amazing what you notice only in photos.
Anyway, post-dyeing I quite like the shawl, and it matches my glasses now too which are a kind of aubergine/plum so, um, bonus! I feel all styled and matchy-matchy when I wear it. Like I did it on purpose or somesuch.
God it really is crumpled, isn't it.
The pattern is brilliant and so clever in its construction. The secret is short rows, of course. It's also highly addictive and fast (I cast this on in order to have a lightweight knitting project in my handbag for the sheep show, but it was done and dusted before I even left on Friday night so I simply had to cast on another project, hence the green and charcoal version currently in progress). Also, garter stitch, yum.
Vital statistics ravelled here.
PS. I'm appearing in an interview tomorrow; I feel so important. Details to come. Edited to add: the interview is up! Read it here, and thank you so much Susie. I'm blushing furiously.