The frenzy of shawl knitting continues. I made three trips to Rose Path last week for yarns to satisfy my itch for shawl production. This is a Noro Silk Garden yarn #325, worked in a double strand for the color variation, with a Manos del Uruguay silk/merino blend for the edging/ruffle in color #3043.
The pattern is a modified version of Noro's Sursa shawl. I was a little disappointed my alterations on the ruffle in that, the gauge was so small, the ruffle was not as gathered as I would have preferred. It would have looked better worked with a double strand, like the body of the shawl. I don't dislike it enough to take it out and do again.
This is my second version of the Sursa and, if I enjoy it half as much as I have the first (which I can say for sure I still like the colorways best), it will be a good investment of time (two afternoons) and yarn.
This is the beginnings of another shawl in Noro Shirakaba color #3. Shirakaba is a silk 42%, cotton 40% and 18% lambs wool combination. It is working up as light as air! More to be revealed.
Why the shawl frenzy? Well...
- It's HOT! Too hot to play outside. ;)
- I'm trying to lose a few pounds, knitting keeps me busy in a gentle way that soothes me.
- We are taking a trip soon... to places that require your shoulders be covered.
- When its this hot and I go into an air conditioned building, I NEED them!
- I love them.
So, the above project makes shawl number three in the past few weeks. And, I've been to the yarn store three times (purchases each time) over the past week. Then... we go to Dallas Saturday to visit with Evan's family. There is a sale going on at the Woolie Ewe. Evan's sister needed a project for an upcoming trip. His mom was looking for a pattern for an afghan. I tell them I am full up on yarn and projects, but I'm happy to tag along (I never turn down a chance to see skeins of beauty). You can see where this is going...
Yep, I have more yarn and maybe the most ambitious project I've attempted to date. I'll know more about that as I get into it. I am sooooo enchanted by this pattern and yarn. It just blew me away! The pattern is Kaw Valley Wrap and the yarn is Blue Sky Alpaca silk. My senses were on overload. I do hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. Best case scenario: one day you will see a beautiful wrap in place of these balls of yarn! Wish me luck!
Hope you are all staying cool and finding joy in each day.
Blessings ~ Tanna