The Gemma Shawl was a project that I absolutely loved knitting. It was my first time knitting with Finch, Quince's fingering weight, and I went into it knowing that it was one of the springiest yarns out there on the market. I wanted to respect that and not force it to block into serious lace, so I decided to play with simple textural stitch patterns with a single lace detail along the edge. I was absolutely thrilled and delighted to block this and find out that, in addition to some amazing spring, this yarn has incredible drape as well. I love it! I'm in the middle of a new project using it, and I'm loving it even more. Stay tuned for that in the next few months!
Gemma is knit differently than my typical top-down shawls; it starts with only a few stitches and increases slowly only on one side to create a sideways triangle. I loved the subtle asymmetry that creates!
The shawl takes 5 skeins of Finch, and can be found here on Ravelry.
So that was Day 1! Day 2 dawned bright and early with the release of Auden and Bayard. Eagle-eyed readers might recognize Auden as the sweater starring in the knitting catastrophe of a few months ago. There is really nothing more *awesome* (sarcasm) than having to email Jared Flood with "the cat destroyed my sweater", but he was really awesome about it and gave me a couple extra weeks. I was really glad, because I actually had the chance to change a few things from the first version of the sweater that were bugging me! (For those interested, Jashu is just fine--he's currently talking to himself in the other room. Silly cat.)
(All Wool People 3 photos by Jared Flood!)
Auden is knit from the bottom up in the round, and then split to work back and forth for the armhole. The allover pattern utilizes a series of smaller and smaller cables to create a gentle, delicate fern.
Auden uses Brooklyn Tweed's fingering weight Loft yarn, which I can't say enough good things about. It blocks so beautifully in lace, cables, stockinette--you name it. And the colors? Love 'em. You can find it on Ravelry here.
The colors of Loft were what drew me to design Bayard. I must have spent an hour in the yarn room when I first decided to swatch for it, ending up with about twenty different possible combinations! It was almost a relief when I was assigned a color combo--it would have been really hard for me to choose.
Bayard is knit from the ribbing up, and utilizes slip stitches to pull one side of the hat shorter than the rest. That lets the hat slouch without adding too much bulk. Bayard takes less than a skein of Loft in two colors, and it's on Ravelry here!
The sample was knit in Old World and Woodsmoke, but I wanted to show a few other color combos that I wanted to explore as well!
Middle row, L to R: Tent and Foothills, Homemade Jam and Wool Socks, Long Johns and Pumpernickel
Bottom row, L to R: Hayloft and Meteorite, Sap and Birdbook, Woodsmoke and Barn Owl
So many to choose from--these didn't even make a dent!
So on top of those, yeah, I cut all my hair. When I realized I'd be going into a hot and humid Maine summer with buttlength hair, I balked, and off it came. And yes, it's still long--but it's short for me!
I have committed myself to being a curly girl again! We'll see how long that upkeep lasts. (Yes, it's in a ponytail right now.)
So that was a pretty awesome week for me. But it's not over. Because you know what starts tomorrow? Oh yeah. Tour de Fleece. It's on.