I promised I'd try to get better about posting regularly. So here I am. This will be shorter than the last bunch of posts, but at least I'm here.
When last we spoke (which was, if memory serves me correctly, on Tuesday) I had finished up the Striped Cowl and I was planning to knit something else.
And yes, other Jennifer, you are correct, I do usually go for jewel colours. My personal preference is for more saturated colours. So the pastels in the Paris minis kit were out of my comfort zone, but I think it was successful. That's the joy of yarn clubs where you don't have any say in the matter. Sometimes they push your boundaries. Take, for example, the most recent minis kit. It's fall colours and sky blue. Fall colours don't really appeal to me all that much (except in nature where they belong), and light blue appeals to me not at all. But the minis kit will knit up into something fabulous, even if it's not what I would have chosen for myself. I was definitely appreciating the subtlety of the Paris pastels as I was knitting.
Anyway, I started the Multnomah on Monday and finished it on Friday. Unfortunately, it has been grety and rainy and icky, so there are no decent photos. You have to deal with indoor photos of the unblocked Multnomah.
I will get around to blocking it....along with the Striped Cowl and the Summer Wind cowl I knit Princess last year. I haven't even blocked my Color Affection, and I knit that in 2012.
Anyway, here's the finished Multnomah. It's hanging on a lamp. I don't have a torso. If I keep knitting shawls, I'm going to have to acquire a torso. Hmmm....
I'm quite pleased with it. It was a surprisingly quick knit. In the fifth round of the feather and fan edging where you start another feather/fan thing at the end, I somehow inadvertently managed to move things in the wrong direction by 6 or 12 stitches, so my feather started where the fan should be. Or vice versa. To be honest, I'm not actually sure which is the feather and which is the fan.
In the top photo, you can kind of see the fan bit starting off to the right, and in the one directly above this, you can see it starting over to the left.
I thought briefly about leaving it, but then decided I had to rip it back. And at that point it's about 250 stitches on the needles, and I didn't discover my mistake for 4 rows. So I spent two episodes of Snappy Stitches tinking back. But in hindsight I'm glad I did, because it looks so much better.
My verdict on the pattern? I like it. It's a free pattern (which is good) and it shows off variegated yarns nicely. I like the feather and fan bits. I might try to figure out how to keep the feather and fan bits going down the spine part at the bottom next time. And part of me thinks it might be nice to do the main part in stockinette even though that would be a whack of purling.
I had no trouble with the stitch marker placement. The misalignment booboo was entirely my doing. I think I started with 6 of the (k2 yo) at the beginning of the row instead of three. My bad. Apparently my math skills are so poor I can't even count to three without error.
I think I might do this one again. The final size isn't all that big. I haven't measured it in its unblocked state. The yarn skein was 405 yards (per the label) and the pattern calls for 412 yards on 3.25 mm needles. I used 3.75 mm needles. I ended up with about a golf-ball sized blob of yarn (after rewinding into a ball).
I am kind of thinking that I might do it again in some Three Irish Girls MacLellan in Waterlilies (above). I have two skeins of that plus one skein of the lilac companion colour. Hmmm.... I also have two skeins of the Beckon Merino in Arcadia and two skeins of the Beckon Merino in Forest Primeval.
The 3IG McClellan Waterlilies was one of my first online yarn acquisitions. I bought it because it just sang to me before re-skeining. I ended up receiving a re-skeined and an un-re-skeined skein. There's enough variegation that I think it would be interesting knitted up in Multnomah. The bamboo makes it drapey (and I have since discovered that I loathe am not a huge fan of bamboo in socks), so it would be good for a shawl. Two skeins would make it a decent size.
The Arcadia might be too close to the colour I've just done. And the Forest Primeval may be a bit too green. But I won't rule those out. Those two are in Beckon Merino which is a heavier fingering. It's one of those two-ply pebbley yarns which I don't love. It's closer to a sport weight than a regular fingering.
Hmm.... now that I'm looking at my 3IG stash on Rav, I see some other possibilities. I could do it using my Westerly Sea Sock in Aurora (variegated) and Giselle (solid pink). I could also do it in the Glenhaven Cashmerino in Canyon and Sedona. Or I could use the Rhubarb and Passionfruit. Or I could do it in the Kells Sport in Zuzu's Petals and George Bailey.
When I originally joined the 3IG sock club, you could pick your colour each month. There was always a solid and a variegated. Most of the time, I got one of each. So I have a pretty good stash of 3IG yarns. I think the Multnomahs would look good with the main part done in solid and the feather and fan done in the variegateds. I have even more possibilities that I could use. Hmm......
Oh no. I might become a Multnomah monster.
So after I finished Multnomah, I decided to cast on another shawl. I was saving my Malabrigo Arroyo from Christine. I bought both the Shaelyn and the Elowen patterns and after looking at them both, I decided to go with the Shaelyn (which had been my first instinct). Someone on Rav had done one out of two skeins of Arroyo and it looked beautiful.
So here's where I am. The pattern is simple and easily memorized. I am going to use as much of the two skeins as possible, even if it means the shawl ends up being huge. I'm okay with that. When I'm cold (or napping) I want something larger rather than smaller over me.
The yarn is a bit less fuchsia-y than this shows. Again, night shot on a gloomy day, but you get the idea. I'm on the third repeat. And as you can see from the wonky and uneven (grr) ball holder spinner thing, I have tons of yarn left on my first ball. So I'm hoping Shaelyn will be huge so that I can wrap myself in it.
I love the Malabrigo Arroyo. It's incredibly soft. I kept thinking that it's due to the cashmere content. But there is no cashmere content. It's 100% merino. I have no idea how they do it, but this stuff is like butter. Well, it's like cashmere.
So I'm loving this and will keep going until I finish. I think that's the secret for me. I have to be shawl monogamous. Otherwise things langish in the hibernating pile. (See, for example, my Potager and my Exonumist which are waiting patiently for me to come out of my yarn coma and give them some love).
I am using Hiya Hiya sharps (also from Christine). I started using my SNA circs, but gave up. My 3.75 mm Signature circ is one of the old school ones with the white cable, and the joins are just not smooth. They aren't smooth either where the cord meets the stalk, or on the stalk (which screws into a bottom thingy). So the yarn kept catching on my needles, and I had to go to the Hiya Hiyas (which are smooth and have no such issues).
When I started the Shaelyn (which is on 4.5 mm needles) I also started using my SNA. It was a replacement for the one which broke (which was one of the original white cords as well). So this one has the black cord, but it also has palpable joins and it was driving me crazy. So I went back to the Hiya Hiyas.
Given the expense of the SNA circulars, I'm not a fan. I don't know that I would buy any of the new convertible ones without road testing the joins first.
The one thing that drives me crazy using circs (for any project) is having to push the stitches onto the left hand needles. And if there is tugging and snagging, it just makes me cranky. That's why I prefer DPNs for my socks. No yarn tugging involved.
So I have lots of sock WIPs that I haven't touched. I am going to Washington DC (well, technically, I'm going to Silver Spring MD) this week for a work conference, and I think space constraints require that I bring a sock project and not the shawl. I'm okay with sock polygamy, but I think shawls require monogamy and dedication.
I mentioned in my Tuesday post that I was expecting a couple of skeins of yarn from Caterpillar Green. They arrived, but again, the photos are dark. This rounds out my complete collection of Caterpillar Green sock yarn. But now that she is dyeing shawl yarns in a DK weight, I might end up falling down that particular rabbit hole.
The two colours which arrived are Concrete and Tulips (which might actually be better named Asphalt and Tulips) and Skyline. These are much more saturated than the earlier ones I got in the spring.
So I'm pretty pleased about those.
I *think* my Cookie A yarn might have arrived. I had a migraine yesterday and Thursday and didn't check the mail yesterday. I'll check it tonight when I walk the dogs. [The Lad is at a wedding - his first, come to think of it - and I'm on dog duty. It's okay, he gets dog duty when I'm in Maryland.]
I've checked the spoiler pics on Ravelry. The yarn is Miss Babs. I'm not sure what the base is -- it might be Tarte, it might be Cosmic, and it might be the Yummy 2-ply. But the colour is grey and beige. One spoiler shot makes it look very yellow/beige, and the other contains more grey. I really like the Miss Babs yarn that I've used so far. I think the colours are great, and the presentation and service is fabulous. But I can't say that the colour for the Cookie A September or October (whichever it is) is doing anything for me. To be honest, it's kind of phlegm coloured.
The September Rockin' Sock Club yarn is in earthy tones. See my previous comment above about the nature-based colours. It reminds me a bit of the River Rocked but maybe with some more orange in it. That hasn't arrived yet. It always takes weeks and weeks to get here. I'm not waiting with bated breath -- the colours aren't at the top of my love list.
But it's okay, I have other skeins of yarn to choose from. The patterns are fine.
And in other non-knitting related news, the dogs have discovered how to dig carrots up from the garden. I saw a clump of soil on the living room floor yesterday and wondered where it had come from.
Then I noticed Bastian on the couch eating a carrot, just as calm as can be. Then Lilah followed suit. Only Desmond hasn't figured out how to go to the self-serve carrot bar. He prefers shoes anyway.
That's all for now, folks. I'm off to eat and work on my shawl.