FO Friday – Batad

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In a surprise twist, I’ve got an FO Friday this week.  This is my new Batad.  It’s unexpected because I thought I had more yarn.  Turns out, I don’t.  This is what happens when you let gorgeous yarn languish in the deep recesses of the stash.  I completely forgot, I poached the other skein of Deep, the dark blue color, for a Doodler, way back in 2015.   Fortunately, I still love that shawl lots so no knitter’s remorse here.

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Of course, it also helps that the Batad was at a perfect stopping point.  I was able to bind off with no ill effects whatsoever.  I was only going to add one more wedge, so no harm done really.

This is one of my favorite patterns both to knit and to wear.  It’s Stephen West, of course.  I love it’s no fuss nature.  It stays put with no fiddling and no shawl pins.  I tend to wear it on one shoulder but it’s great as a sort of cape, worn to the back as well.

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It doesn’t hurt that the yarn is MadTosh Pashmina…yay for merino-silk-cashmere blends!  The white speckled color is Cosmic Wonder Dust, my favorite color name ever.  I brought this yarn home for this specific project in 2015.  I have no idea why I didn’t get to it sooner because I can tell already, it’s my new favorite.

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I wore it out last night…complete with ends hanging.  LOL.  At least they were on the inside (unlike the Schitt’s Creek sweater!)  I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who noticed.  I was surprised how many people commented on it.  I shouldn’t be though…I was at a drag show.  Those queens know fashion when they see it!

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And so, my Batad collection has grown.  I still want another one though!  I should probably weave the ends on this one before I wear it again.

“probably”

 

Back on The Doodle

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After a hiatus of several months, I’ve picked my second Doodler back up.  My enthusiasm for WestKnits’ MKALs definitely got the best of me back in November!   I had no reason to start #2 but I’m so glad I did.  I can’t wait to have a second Doodler!  I’ve been toiling away every spare moment this week…

After a series of lunches that all looked the same…(thank you, winter!)…

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I’ve got this to show for it!  I’ve been so frantically knitting away, this is first I’ve stopped to look at it!  Yes, Doodler…I love you!  Of course, using MadTosh’s Pashmina doesn’t hurt either!  The Clue 2 cables are moving quickly!

I can’t wait to add my third color, a springy green called Grasshopper.  Perfect for San Francisco these days!  (sorry to everyone suffering from winter the onslaught of winter recently!)

Doodle in Progress Wednesday

My first doodler is ready and waiting for Clue 2!  I have absolutely no idea what to expect!?!

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I am in the unfortunate group that ran out of yarn.  Luckily, I ran out at the very end.

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That’s two garter ridges short.  No big deal.  Wedge 17 is an increase wedge with kfbs at the beginning of each ridge so, theoretically, I’ll be two stitches short.  I don’t count stitches, so I’ll never know!  Huzzah!

I am now, cautiously, working on Doodler the Second.  I don’t want to repetitive strain myself right out of commission so caution is necessary.  Knitting field trips slow progress, so today, we went to The Spire for a spot of morning knitting.  It’s an Andy Goldsworthy installation in The Presidio.  I love Andy Goldsworthy!  He works with ‘found’ materials in nature, paying particular interest in how they change over time.  I enjoy keeping tabs on the progress.  It’s a lovely spot for a morning knit!

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and so, I completed one little wedge.  Almost nothing compared to the final wedge.  I’m enjoying it, knowing how quickly it’s going to grow up!

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FO Friday – Cameo Shawl

Another Friday, Another FO to share!

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I was very excited to bring this fun neon variegated yarn home.  It sat in the pile for quite a while before I cast on though.  I was afraid of pooling.  Good yarns frequently turn bad when Ugly Pooling decides to visit, especially when it’s a loud yarn to begin with!   And this is a very loud yarn!  Pairing the neon with something to tone it down a bit was a great idea…so the stately El Greco was invited to the party and the other guests loved him!  Perfect Match!

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Next decision:  I knew I wanted a shawl but which one?  I decided on Cameo after seeing a friend’s in solid colors!  It was stunning but the lace was pretty basic!  Just my kind of lace–minimal work with big impact!  The lack of a themed motif worked perfectly!  No leaves or pineapples to get messed up by the variegation…just a simple K2tog/YO sequence for visual interest!  I fell into a nice groove working it, to the point that it became my go-to travel project.

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Pairing yarn with the right pattern is a lot like pairing the right wine with dinner.  You may have the finest Chianti around but don’t serve it with tuna.  It just won’t work.  (Everyone knows Chianti goes with fava beans and liver.)  Sometimes you don’t know until you try.  I’m pleased to say, I think I got it right this time!  I got it so right, that I’m actually excited to wear pink.   (I have never said that before!)

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I had a few mods:  I attempted to follow the directions regarding stitch count and number of stripes, I couldn’t get there with the El Greco though.  I started the stripes sooner than the pattern called for and still only ended up with 11 contrast stripes.  No biggie, I just extended the lace when I got to the end.  I did the two lace repeats called for and then did an additional 12 rows of lace to use up all my yarn!  I’m very happy, it still looks appropriately balanced.  I’m calling this one a win!

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Details:

Pattern: Cameo Shawl

Yarn: MadelineTosh Pashmina in Magic (the neon) and El Greco (the grey)

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