Saturday, August 22, 2009

What I did this summer

I've been knitting my little fingers off this summer - not doing too much blogging as you can see, but knitting and knitting and knitting (and maybe a little driving kids back and forth, that never ends).

Here is the grand finale: The Aeolian Shawl, made from Baruffa Cashwool, merino cobweb laceweight, and it took very close to the entire skein which was 1400 yards. This pattern was very well written, consisting of several (like 6 or so) charts, which I like to work from. It also had lots and lots of "nupps" which are Estonian torture devices, I mean bobbles. You work nine loops into one stitch, creating a little bobble. Sounds easy, but it isn't. It also has over 2000 beads, each one put on individually with a crochet hook. I had done beading before (the Swan Lake shawl, two years ago) so that part was okay, it just took a long time.

Blocking was a challenge, each point had to be pinned out separately and now it is in the other room drying. Our cat Cuppy tried to help me by pulling out the pins with her teeth, so it is behind closed doors at the moment. Hopefully it will be dry by tonight.

Now what do I knit?