I vowed to knit more from handspun in 2014 and I’m making excellent progress. I just finished my second such project of 2014.
The pattern is Marigold, by Susanna IC. The original was knitted in a stunning variegated orange sock yarn, by Socktopus, which sadly has been discontinued.
I chose a two-ply yarn I spun from Sweet Georgia BFL+Silk in the Woodland colorway.
I love the greens and golds in this fiber. It’s a very well-named colorway. A friend in my knitting group, admiring the yarn, actually said, “It reminds me of a woodland.” She said this completely unprompted. I hadn’t even had the chance to plant the word in her mind through hours of seemingly-random suggestion. Cool, huh?
1) I knitted four extra repeats of the center lace pattern in my shawl. Not on purpose. It was one of those things where I decided, after I had already done it, that I might as well go with it. So after I had made the mistake on one half on the shawl, I duplicated it on the other side. It makes the shawl a bit longer. I had to block it in two parts because I ran out of space.
2) The original pattern called for beads. I left those out and I don’t think I miss them. I didn’t have anything in my (very small) bead stash that was right for this shawl anyway.