Originally I wanted to show my May socks, but I also wanted to share this project on Ravelry groups right away, and uploaded photos, so this shawl comes first. Doesn't matter to you, I know.
This project was a pleasure, from spinning the fiber to knitting this shawl.
Remember this fiber: FatCatKnits, Falkland, colorway Counter Point.
which turned into this yarn:
I wanted to use it for a shawl, but with only 357yds, there were not many options. As it turns out, many of my hand spun yarns are in the Sport weight category. I decided to add Cascade Yarns 220 super wash Sport to get more yardage, and the possibilities of a number of shawls grew.
Can I just say, I love the softness of this Sport weight yarn. I love to work with it, and I see a lot more of hand spun/Cascade projects in the future.
I finally decided on Stephen West's Transatlantic shawl. I liked it right away, but omitted the holes, even though I thought they were a clever touch. Maybe next time!
Well, this is what I got for my efforts:
A totally wearable, wonderful, warm, wooly shawl!
What a satisfying project! It's larger than the original, because I wanted to use up all of my hand spun yarn, and there were only a couple of yards left over. I needed 4 skeins of Cascade yarn (had to order more, I only had two in my stash). I used 3.75mm needles. I didn't stretch it after washing it. I only used two pins for the tip, and the top of the tip. :o)
The rest was just smoothed out on the bed, and had a heart shape. It's finial measurements are 27 inches x 88 inches.
Of course none of my projects are error free. I made a couple of mistakes, but you show me, if you can find them!
The response to this shawl on Ravelry was wonderful, and made me proud. It was just another shawl for me, even though I DO LOVE it!
And a short note on the doggie front:
Maggie either has "growing pains" or trouble with her elbows. She'll be x-rayed on Thursday. Until then she needs to take it easy, and gets pain meds, poor thing. I remember Biko, and Sam having those problems too. The three "G's" are no longer, Grumpy, Goofy, and Googly, but Grumpy, Goofy, and Gimpy.