Revisiting Norfolk Shells
I've been steadily working on my first commission, and I'm happy to report that it's coming along nicely. After I finished this swatch two weeks ago, I grabbed my notes and pattern and headed to my LYS where I consulted with the very helpful Bridget.
(Caron Simply Soft)
I'll confess that I practically handled every machine-washable yarn in the store, but it was a great way to get to know yarns that I tend to overlook when I'm at the shop. While I was very tempted to use some beautiful all wool yarns in Cascade or Malabrigo, I think it's kind of mean to have a new mom or dad handwash their baby blanket -- don't you agree? I eventually settled on Berocco Vintage. I know, I know ... I just seem to keep returning to this yarn for my projects. In all seriousness, I was determined to get something that I've not used before but Berocco Vintage has all the characteristics I'm looking for. Color, weight, washability (is that a word?), and yardage.
|(Dewberry and Blush)|
I know for a fact that Natalie loves the color choice and I'm really pleased (and relieved!) that the afghan is turning out so nicely. I had my concerns -- this is a complex pattern that requires my full attention. It is a repeat of rows 3 - 6, each of which has a different set of stitches and count. But I'm now in the groove and this sweet gift is almost half-way completed.