My Ravelry favourites list is pretty full - I use it as a kind of shortlist for things I've seen and liked and may one day want to knit. Usually, a new project starts from there. When I began knitting, I made a conscious decision not to aquire a yarn stash. I learned from my sewing experiences, that you never have exactly what you need and if you do, it is unlikely to be in the correct amounts. So with knitting, I tend to select a pattern and then research my yarn options until I hit on a pattern/yarn combo pleasing enough to head to the shops.
But sometimes, I am in a yarn shop and see something that I lust after. If it is sock yarn, I go ahead and buy enough for a pair. I know what yardage I need, so there is no risk. Which is kind of how I justified a puchase of the first skein of Araucania Botany Lace. There it was, in my local knitting shop, in all its modestly priced, beautifully hued glory. So impulse purchased enough for a shawl. But when I came home and hit Ravelry, I discovered a prime vehicle for it, nestled in my favourites. And because I had bought it locally, I could nip back the next day for the extra yardage required. Folded by Veera Välimäki.
There are acres of stockinette on 4mm needles in this pattern - a good thing I enjoy plain knitting as much as I do.
Not that this project didn't provide many learning points:
- Raglan shaping in the round
- Short rows for the neckline
- Knitted pleats
All new to me. Some head scratching moments and intense watching of You Tube tutorials - how did anyone learn to knit before the internet?
I am insanely pleased by the glorious drape of this yarn and also with the subtle interest provided by the pleats (even if they do look a bit holey at the top when examined closely. But I trust that nobody is going to be that eagle eyed around my bustline.
When it first came off the needles, the hem was rolling a bit, so I took my steam iron to it which sorted the curling in seconds. In fact, it was so successful, I went for it with the neck too. Big mistake, quite literally huge. The neck grew so much, I could have put the whole thing on by stepping into it. Disaster. So I hurriedly popped it into the washing machine on a wool cycle and mercifully it emerged back to normal. I dried it super carefully, flat on a towel to avoid any stretching while wet.