May 11, 2012

On My Needles

After finishing my two shawls over the weekend, I was left with only my design project on my needles and had to remedy that right away. I did start a Baktus, but that's an update for another post next week. We knitters are a curious bunch, and I know that I'm not alone when I say that I love seeing what you all are working on. As I was already on a shawl kick, my eyes kept wandering to the shawls that are being knitted up at a furious pace. One that I was especially taken with was GSheller's Oaklet Shawl by Megan Goodacre. 


TFA Year in Colour Club in Truffle


She chose a lovely yarn and color, and I knew right away that I wanted to cast on. So, I went stash diving and found my first TFA Year in Colour Club skein which had been lying in wait for some attention.




This beautiful skein of fingering weight came with an original pattern by Hannah Fettig but when I stumbled upon this yarn again, I instantly saw how it would be lovely knit up as an Oaklet Shawl. I know, it's almost the opposite of GSheller's version -- her's is solid and pale, mine is variegated and smokey. Still, the subtle color changes throughout the skein is keeping me excited to see the shawl to the end.


This is my first time knitting with Tanis' yarn, and I'm loving the texture and fabric that's developing in my hands.  I'm knitting this with my Red Lace US5 needles (I know, didn't I just write about wanting to get back to my comfort zone of US7s or US8s?), but when the yarn and pattern is perfect as is, who am I to mess with perfection?





17 comments:

  1. You are dead on correct when you mention loving the exposure to what is on the needles of fellow knitters. I'm not sure if it is the inspiration and subsequent lusting after their pattern, or maybe it is just a chance to marvel over how the variegated color is spinning itself out. For me, I am envious of the speed with which you finish these projects! Oh that I could get my pace of knitting to speed up!
    Thanks and have a great Friday!

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  2. Beautiful yarn choice! I cast on for an Oaklet shawl as well. Mine too is as opposite from Ginny's as can be! I'm going to a wedding at the end of the month and needed a shawl to go with my dress. The only yarn in my stash that would match it is gray. I need to take better pictures of it in the sunlight. I too am using size 5 needles. My hands are starting to let me know they aren't too pleased with me! :-)

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  3. I've never knit a shawl before and I'm absolutely loving how the wholehearted shawl is forming so beautifully on my needles. I also ordered a skein of Tami's yarn that should arrive tomorrow. It's fingering weight and I just might make myself another shawl. I love the one you are working on right now, the smokiness of the yarn is nice it reminds me of some desert rock strata (I can't help it, the earth inspires me). :)

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  4. I love your description of the yarn as smokey. It looks great so far. You are flying through your stash!

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  5. Oh yes, the yarn is just divine - I haven't tried Tanis' yarn yet - clearly it isn't to be missed!

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  6. Yet again, I'm in love with your yarn choice. Lovely, lovely stuff! I feel like such a slow knitter compared to you. Projects just seem to fly off your needles like magic!

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  7. Gorgeous shawl, and i love the colour!

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  8. beautiful pattern! I just cast on for a shawl the other day too, my first actually. Using #5's too and it's much slower going than my usually bulky weights, for sure!

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  9. Great choice of pattern and yarn. The combination is going to be gorgeous. I need to buckle down like you have and finish up some projects.

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  10. Reading your blog really does make me want to knit more shawls, you always choose just the right colors and patterns and make them so flawless.

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  11. I love the subtle flecks of color in that yarn. I've been meaning to try TFA but I keep "trying to knit with stash" :/

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  12. Well I saw and appreciated your Citron (I've made two of the crochet version) and that yarn currently on the needles is awesome!

    I'm really itching to cast on a Color Affection. It will happen soon. Yes, yes it will. :)

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  13. Great colour yarn, really lovely....I see I may have to make a few shawls until I 'get over it'! Who would have thunk it, I've discovered a bit of a streak in myself at the moment that wants to knit.

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  14. This shawl is perfect for the Tanis! Yours seems to have more variation than mine. It's beautiful on stockinette! I look forward to seeing it finished!

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  15. i'm new to your blog, and i love it so much - your new shawl colour option is gorgeous - i love the light varigation. have a great day xxx

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  16. Great color choice for Oaklet! I've never used TFA but your description has be intrigued! As does that close up showing all the subtle variation up close. Yum.

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