Sunday was my husband's birthday, which meant a visit from his mother. This meant extra house cleaning and way more time spent on things like meal planning, cooking, entertaining, being nice, etc. This past Monday was a very rare one indeed in which I was glad to go back to work!
Through all of this craziness though, I have continued to knit. I finished up the baby booties/shoes I mentioned last time. This view shows off my less than stellar seaming.
This was the first time I knit with Knit Picks yarn though. A friend gave it to me at the last yarn swap we had at our Guild. I really like it, it's so soft! But then, with a blend of 80% Baby Alpaca and 20% Cashmere, how can you go wrong?
Now that this gift was out of the way, I decided it was time to crack open some of that Belle yarn I mentioned in my last post. I have been thinking about the Kimono Shawl pattern from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls book for a long time. Here is a lovely picture I took of the illustration in the book.
For me, I knew it had to be silk, but thought it would look interesting if done in a thicker yarn. So, I did some quick math and came up with a slightly modified version that I am happily plugging away on. I cast on 81 stitches, knit 6 rows of garter stitch to start, have a 5 stitch garter border on each side and am knitting 7 pattern repeats across. So far, so good.
If this comes out as I am hoping, it will be a Christmas gift for my sister. Shhh, don't tell her about it, or the blog. Don't want to spoil the surprise.