a close up of something i have been working on for almost 6 months:
i put a lot of thought into this gift. i purchased the yarn in italy for my nana, who is italian, and yellow is her favorite color. the yarn is 75% merino; 25% silk, which i think will be perfect for the florida climate. and the yellow is really pretty. i’ve never blocked anything like this before though. i have one lace stole that i made about 2 years ago, and i still haven’t blocked it! i did block the citron i made, but this is completely different. the picture shows a total of 17 points on each side and one in the middle at the bottom. that is 35 pins, so far. my blocking board isn’t big enough to block the entire thing at once so i figure, once this dries, i’ll shift it and continue on. i had to re-configure the points 2 times already when i realized i wasn’t blocking it correctly. this has been a learning experience. i loved this pattern. it was easy, but did take a bit of concentration. i can’t believe it is a free pattern as well. i also learned how to do a different kind of bind off. crochet. it was pretty easy, once i got the hang of it. i ended up using a larger crochet hook to make the chain part, and then a smaller hook to k3tog. also, this pattern comes with a chart and written instructions. i usually prefer charts for things like this, but in this case, it was easier for me to use the written instructions. but that also meant that i could not be distracted by anything while working on the right side rows. which is the reason this sat for a while untouched. i am not sure if this will make it in the mail and to florida by christmas…i kind of doubt it. but at least it will get there:) my mom wants one of these as well, in purple. i already have the yarn for hers, but i’m considering making hers a little different. like, doing a stockingnette body instead of working chart a, but keeping chart b, like so many others on ravelry have done. i think with the yarn i picked for her, it will look really nice like that, and it won’t be like knitting exactly the same thing twice. here’s a view of the entire shawl…kind of:) and before i blocked it, it was approximately 1/4 of this size.
pattern: haruni by emily ross
yarn: champagne by grignasco (rav link)
needles: 3.75 mm knitting needles; 2.5 mm crochet hook; 5.00 mm crochet hook