Well, hello and happy new year!
It’s high time I caught up on all my bloggables so that I can do my usual year-in-review before February, if possible.
First up is this shawl, one of my favorite knits of 2010. I had been wanting to knit this pattern of Kirsten’s for awhile (um, have I mentioned that I love all things Through the Loops> Because I so do.
Sometimes, when I received a hand-dyed fiber, I know exactly what I’m going to ultimately make with it. This was one of those times.
This is the April 2010 FLUFF High Society Fiber Club, 4 oz. of 80/20 Superwash Merino/Silk, “Half the World.” I fell in love with it immediately – it is so delicate and so shimmery. I was thrilled with how it spun up:
340 yds of DKish 2-ply
I took the yarn with me on vacation and 3 or 4 days into the trip, had this shawl done.
pattern: Lavalette by Kirsten Kapur
yarn: every inch of my handspun
needles: size 7, I think
dates: August 7-10
I loved every minute of knitting this. The pattern is another beautiful match for handspun – interesting but not so complex that it overwhelms the simple beauty of the yarn. I loved the way the colors played out as I knit it up, and I loved the drape of the fiber.
I made this for our dear friend Susie, who has opened her beach home to us for the last few summers. These colors reminded me of the beach, and of her. Susie is an artist and appreciates the value of handmade, so I felt really good about giving her something handspun.
Otherwise, this would have been a hard one to give away. I pretty much love it!