Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Tale of Two Sweaters

I bought a new yarn a few weeks back purely based on color.  Surprised yet?  I swatched and pretty much decided on Snow Bird.   I've knit a bit on it.  But, I just was not feeling the love for it.

Then, I stumbled upon Amy Herzog's Shore Ledges pattern.  I was drawn to the pattern for two reasons.  One, well, you know, it was knit in almost the same color as my new yarn.  The other was that I already had the gauge from my Snow Bird and I could adapt the pattern to my body through her Custom Fit program, so I bit on it.

Now, the smart woman that I am, I did not just rip the Snowbird off of it's needles, I left it on just in case I started to feel better about it and less excited about Shore Ledges.  Today, I decided to haul Snow Bird back out and tackle it one more time.  I thought by mid afternoon, that I would finally have a clear victor of which sweater the Splatterdash was going to be.

At this posting, I can tell you that it is NOT going to be Snowbird.  And I am not 100% sure that it is going to be Shore Ledges either.  As much as I love the feel of the yarn (it feels ever bit as wonderful as Madtosh), I do not think I want a pullover out it.

So, it may be back to the drawing board or rather Ravelry patterns to find the perfect cardigan for it.  In the meantime, I think I'll knit on some shawls!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall for Shawls Begins

The Spring KAL on the Knitaway Group was the   Birds Nest Shawl by Cheryl Oberle . It bled into my Summer of Shawls where I knitted on it during camp, ran out of yarn when I got out of home, finished it, blocked it, found a dropped stitch after blocking, ripped it back about 6 rows, re-knitted the border, bound off and now is officially a part of the Fall for Shawls here on PJKnits.

I love it!  I love the yarn, Just Beautiful Alpaca also from  It is no secret I love Alpaca, but I really love this yarn.  Especially after blocking.  It feels so good on the skin, guess that is why I am knitting a big black Shetland Shawl out of it too,  but thats more of a Winter project.

I really liked knitting on this pattern.  It made me a believer in markers too.  It wasn't super hard knitting on it and I really feel a sense of accomplishment with the finishing of it.

I'm going to be bringing it out and wearing it a lot this Fall especially at night when sitting out on the porch or early mornings.