Back in late January, Larissa and I began a knitalong. The pattern: the textured circle shrug. The yarn: Paton's classic merino in wisteria. I had two skeins in my stash, and I was able to pick up two more skeins from the same dye lot. I probably still have most of the fourth skein left.
We decided to add the k1, p1 ribbing to the end of the sleeves; I may have added some additional length to the sleeves as well (I can't find my notes right now). The actual knitting was pretty easy--there was a LOT of k1, p1--both as ribbing and again in the 22 rows of seed stitch. Ah, but I do love the way seed stitch feels. This project took so long to complete because I put it away a couple of times to knit birthday sweaters, etc. It was ready for me to wear on Easter Sunday, so I was happy.
The fit? Well, it doesn't look as body-hugging on me as it does on the model in the pattern. After wearing it for a couple of hours I became aware of the sleeves kinda bunching up and giving that "Michelin Man" look. And since it's a shrug, it did occasionally feel like it was going to fall off my shoulders. But the large collar is pretty--maybe if I had a pin to close it it would look more like the model. (On Easter I was wearing a ruffled shirt, and I didn't want to cover the ruffles.) I do think this will get lots of wear from me. It's a nice grab-something-to-cover-the-shoulders type of covering, and I love this color.
My favorite part of the knitalong? Getting to know Larissa a little better. She and I exchanged frequent emails during our knitting. Her comments are always thoughtful and kind and never fail to bring a smile to my face. I like to think that all those good friendly vibes were knit into the sweater--a happy thing, don't you think?
And I'm already knitting another sweater--this time it's the February Lady Sweater for myself (again).
But if anyone is considering knitting a shawl...
Last year I actually knit two small ones as Mother's Day gifts for my mom and my mother-in-law. It was a learning experience, to put it mildly. I think now I'm ready to try again. I will be purchasing lace needles, because working with lace-weight yarn on blunt bamboo needles nearly put me over the edge. I hope to tackle the fancier version of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi Shawl. I don't have yarn or needles yet, so it's not like I'm starting this tomorrow. (Webs is having a sale right now...just in case you didn't know.) Wow, am I enabling, or what?
So let me know...and let's go bug Larissa to show us her beautiful textured circle shrug!