As promised... Here is the other project I cast off recently. Can you spot a green-theme?
This is Bristol Ivy's Thorn shawl, designed as part of Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People 4. I would have loved to use the Brooklyn Tweed Loft called for in the pattern, but I'm trying to work the stash, so I pulled out some skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply in Jen's Green and set to it.
I may have mentioned before, but it bears repeating: this design has awesome rhythm. It's broken down into steps and they are each totally manageable. So if you're someone like me, who likes to tick things off a list, and complete sections of a project, you'll love this design! I asked Bristol how she came up with the idea of it, and she said that she was "just seeing what would happen"... I can't think of a better way to come up with new ideas.
The shawl is quite an unusual shape - just like the thorn on a rose - so it took me a couple of tries to work out the best way of wearing it, but I've cracked it now! I'm using a lovely NovaSteel shawl pin from Skein Queen. If you've not looked at Ro's shawl pins before, then I'd like to send you to look now! I'll wait here until you're ready to come back... She uses strong magnets, so there's much less chance of the pin snagging your knitting. And her designs are stunning. This one is based on Skein Queen's signature humming bird, which is a favourite of mine, but there are many more to choose from.
The drape of the shawl down one arm is particularly pleasing. It would be a different sort of drape in a more woolly yarn, but no less enjoyable: I'm a big fan of woolliness.
I've been knitting on my Thorn since the end of January, and as such it has accompanied me through the most stressfull couple of months of my life to date. It's been good stress. Definitely good stress. But nonetheless tiring and I've not had a lot of spare brain capacity for much of the last couple of months. It's done me proud though, as I wore it to our matching panel meeting this week, and we are now approved. I'm anticipating a flurry of blogging over the next couple of weeks as I try to cram in as much craft as possible into the remaining time before we meet our children. Once the London Marathon is done, things will go silent for a while as we establish our new family and all learn the ropes. I'll be back at some point after that, but I don't know when!
In the meantime, hold on to your hats - I'm on a mission!