Thursday, July 26, 2018

Seven years later...

In 2010 I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool for the first time and picked up 2oz of semisolid tussah silk from Gale's Art. I spun it into a 2ply laceweight yarn in 2011. It took literally months to spin and I resolved never to spin yarn that thin ever again (and I haven't since). Then, even though I was proud of my accomplishment I put it in the stash because I couldn't stand to look at it. And there it sat for several years.

I made an effort to knit it into a shawl twice. Both times I tried and then abandoned the Pebble Beach Shawl. Don't ask me why but for some reason I have the hardest time with simple eyelet and mesh lace. I think I get bored and stop counting and eventually lose track of where I'm at. Plus I'd get so bored I'd put it down for months and then not be able to figure out where I was when I picked it up again. So I gave up on that one and looked for a pattern that I could succeed in finishing.

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I chose the Ashton Shawlette because it was an easy free pattern but had enough details that I didn't think I'd lose interest. The size is also very customizable and I was hoping to take advantage of that feature because I wanted to maximize my yardage. You don't spend months spinning 1200+ yards of yarn not to use as much of it as you can. I did get a little bored in the end and I had about 5-6 grams leftover, but whatevs I did my best. The shawl is already huge enough and didn't really need to be any larger.

I'm a little hazy on the details but I'm pretty sure I did 10 repeats of the first lace pattern and 3 repeats of the leaf pattern. It's such a thin, delicate shawl. I can kind of see the appeal now of laceweight yarn, though I still don't think I'll commit to spinning more of my own any time soon.

I haven't worn this shawl yet. I was inspired to make it because I wanted a very light layer to wear during late spring/early summer mornings when it's still a bit chilly on my walk to work. Even my fingering weight shawls tend to be too heavy for this purpose. Of course we're in full summer right now so I haven't really needed it, but at least I have it now for future use. I tend not to wear this color for some reason though I do think it's lovely.

After finishing this one spring/summer item I'm mentally back to fall. I've always been way more excited about cold weather knits and I've been working on a cabled cardigan. hopefully I'll have details to show soon.

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