My friend Cindy is getting married in September, and I’m knitting her a little shawlette. She won’t be wearing it during the ceremony, but she may put it on later in the evening as she mingles at the reception.
I chose the yarn first, based on Cindy’s wedding color palette and the color of her (original) dress which was a light dove gray.
I’d never worked with a Madeline Tosh yarn before, so knew I wanted to try that, and while looking through the selection at Eat Sleep Knit, I decided on the Pashmina.
I was really drawn to both the way the yarn took the color, giving it a lighter core with a darker halo, and of course by the fiber content. (I’m using the colorway “Tern” for this.) I’d never shopped at Eat Sleep Knit before, and I highly recommend them. I received a personal order confirmation, and my yarns arrived quickly and with a special little surprise inside the box. I love it that my purchases build up points toward a prize if I buy a certain amount. Overall great service.
So, I had the yarn but no pattern! In the current session of my Online Design Your Own Shawl class, we’re talking a lot about different types of shawl designs, and looking at the designs of past students to see what they’ve done. In the discussion, “Summer Flies” by Holly and Ella Knits came up. This design happens to have been created by Ella-B, the mother of Holly in my post below! Summer Flies is one of these new, hot, narrower-style shawls, not created using the triangle method that we discuss in class. (It’s a free download, so you can see for yourself how it’s constructed.)
I decided that it would be cool to knit this pattern, both because of my connection with Holly and because it’s a new style to learn! Holly has graciously given us permission to download the pattern and discuss it in class!
I’m using a wool yarn, and the pattern suggests a plant fiber…and I’m using a sock weight yarn while the pattern calls for worsted. BUT, I’m using a needle almost as large as that called for in the pattern, so I’m hoping for a similar size. I may end up with a little neck scarf…we’ll see! Either way, it’s going to be GORGEOUS!
SO…My multitasking skills finely honed, I’m knitting a gorgeous wrap for Cindy’s wedding day, using a new yarn that I’ve been wanting to try, ordered from a shop whose owner I’d met but had never shopped from, AND using the FO as a teaching example for my class and a learning process for myself.
I’m feeling much satisfaction as I finish the last few rows and prepare to bind off.
Are you a multi-tasker? Have you ever knit a project that had so many great purposes? What did you knit? What did you use it for?