Pure|Worsted by cabinfour
Started: May 30, 2015
Finished: June 16, 2015
Fiber: O-Wool Local, one skein each of Gingko Nut and Steelhead
Notes: After much debating I decided to go with a yarn I knew I would love for a pattern I had a feeling I would love. Now that I have knit a few large shawls, it's really fun to compare the construction techniques and how it affects the overall shape of the finished piece, and how it grows on your needles! Pure starts with a stockinette section, a textured stitch section, and then straight garter for the border. I picked up these two skeins of Local in the 2nds quality section of O-Wools website a few months ago and really wanted to use both of them up, so I did the stockinette section as normal, did 1.5 sections of the textured stitch, and then a little less than the garter section originally called for (because I ran out!). I love the versions of Pure that I saw that were only one color, so to unify the two colors in this one I decided to add in a stripe of the yellow before finishing the textured section, too, and I think it came out really lovely. Towards the end of that section, I was quite ready for it to be over - after knitting miles of stockinette in my Gable I forgot how slow pretty much every other stitch pattern is!
The only other modifications I made were to go down a needle size to US 7 so it would be nice and dense (and because I'm a loose knitter generally). As expected, this yarn was a delight and I highly recommend it to anyone who has never tried it! Jocelyn's dedication to fair pricing and good relationships with her farmers is very much what I'm about, and I just love the way that my hands feel so soft after a long session of knitting with it.
The background for these photos is a bit different, you may notice, because the Mr. and I moved this weekend to a little cottage in Chapel Hill. It has been a crazy week of unpacking and organizing, the little moments of "this used to go here in our old space, how does it go here" that happen as your belongings get accustomed to new surroundings. We are really loving it more every day and can't wait to spend time on our front porch and back deck soaking up some summer sun.
In a week we leave for Mexico for family vacation and I'm sure the next 7 days will move by as if in standstill. My biggest question right now is, will the security guards let me take a drop spindle on an international flight?? Thoughts and experiences are welcome :)
Have a lovely Friday afternoon, we are headed to go see "Inside Out" in a few minutes!