The intention with my last post was to be a springboard to a new habit of posting a few times a week. Of course, life had other ideas as it often does. While I was busy not posting, I was also busy spinning and knitting, and as recent as two weeks ago I have also started weaving. I am going to be blocking two recently finished knit shawls this week, and really, each deserves its own post.
Today, I will touch on my two new works in progress, the Bateaux Mouches Scarf and the Ripple Effect shawl. I got the materials for both of these on the Hill Country Yarn Crawl last October. My good friend Martha and I went to 8 of the 14 yarn stores in 2 days. This year, there are 20 shops participating so we might enhance our plan and shoot for 3 days, but honestly, 8 shops in 2 days was a lot.
<–Bateaux Mouches are open excursion boats that provide visitors to Paris, France, with a view of the city from along the river Seine (thank you wikipedia). The finished shape of this knit is very boat-like. Think of a traditional triangular shawl shape, and cut off the bottom third or so of the point. The pattern was originally written for lace weight alpaca and calls for a size 7 needle. Very simple garter stitch construction, with a fine yarn and a large needle would yield a somewhat sheer fabric with a sort of faux lace appearance.
I bought this as a kit from Hill Country Weavers, and rather than lace weight alpaca, this kit came with Washi (54% paper/46% viscose) in a lace weight, and Niji (100% wool) in cobweb weight. Both yarns are from Ito (fine yarn from Japan) and are carried together throughout.
Not my favorite thing, and something that was overlooked by me at the time of purchase. I am blaming the yarn crawl fumes. I will soldier through.
Ripple Effect is a pattern that came free with the purchase of Reywa Fibers’ Harmony yarn, a 50/50 blend of yak down and wool. It is delightfully soft and the color is a much richer green than this image conveys. Pictured here is 4 repeats of the lace border (of 36 total). This pattern interested me in that the construction is a little unusual, knitting the border first and then filling in the body of a slight crescent shaped shawl. Another thing that attracted me to this yarn is the company’s mission. “Reywa uses the profits from this and all our yarns to invest in education in communities on the Tibetan Plateau.”
My two most recent projects were a little more rustic in terms of the handle of the yarn, Not harsh, but not as soft and luxurious as the Harmony is. I think both of these will be fairly quick knits.
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