First up is my Sweet Tart Shawl.
Not difficult - it just takes a long time when you can't knit due to a broken wrist!
Project: Sweet Tart Shawl
Pattern: Drea's Shawl by Craig Rosenfeld
Yarn: MadelineTosh Sock, colorway Tart; and Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino (no colorway listed)
Needles: US 5
Notes: This was an enjoyable knit. Once I got the hang of things and remembered where to start the alternating yarn for the stripes, it was something that was easily able to done while watching TV, or talking to someone at a knitting group. The stripes make it fun to watch grow, and by the time you get to the solid part, there's not that much more to go. Now I just have to decide if it's for me, or if it will be a gift for someone. The photo above shows the truest version of the colors, but the photo below of it being modeled by the Molly hanger, shows how nice it looks when you wear it.
This was my first time using Koigu yarn, and it was lovely to work with. And I know that currently MadelineTosh yarn is controversial, but I have had this in my stash for a while, and it is my favorite colorway of that line. When I worked at Rosie's Yarn Cellar, I was able to add a bit of MadelineTosh yarn to my stash because I got an employee discount. Come to think of it, that's how I was able to accumulate most of my stash ... it was lovely yarn to use, and I am looking forward to using what is in my stash for other projects.
I think I'll put this shawl away with the gifts, since I'd be putting my other shawls away until fall anyway, and if I am not inspired to think of it as the perfect gift for anyone, I'll keep it.
If you enjoy making something that has some interest during the knitting, but is also an easy project, this pattern is for you - and it's free! It's a win-win situation. :-)
We had a wonderful Easter weekend, and enjoyed our usual visit from my niece Amanda and her husband Patrick. As is our tradition, we made our Inappropriate Easter Eggs, which I will share in another post. But it made for a lot of laughs, and along with good food and drink, as well as perfect weather, we couldn't have wanted anything more. I hope your holiday weekend was a good one as well. I have to say that Hamlet and the cats were completely worn out today, as they had quite a good time, eating the treats that were brought for them, and getting all kinds of extra attention. Apparently, being popular and good hosts can wear one out ...