Yes, my friends, I actually cast on for a knitting project. Don’t panic.
But let me back up…..
I finished spinning my Forest Targhee, which I used a fractal technique for (the link is to prior blog article about spinning a fractal yarn), in addition to dyeing it specifically for a triangular shawl. I then plied it, which was a great project for our vacation in Colorado this summer….set the Hansen miniSpinner and zoom, while watching my children play in the Big Thompson River right behind our cabin. (Yes, we wonder how the property fared in the flood.)
I had to get a preview of how my stripes might turn out, so I did careful winding on my swift. I ended up with 1464 yards of 2 ply. It’s fairly comparable to Zephyr in weight. I, um, did not plan to make myself quite so much knitting!
After a good wash, I caked it up, and cast on. This is the No Fuss Shade-Loving Shawl by Susan Ashcroft, it’s a free pattern on Ravelry.
I’m about a month in, and the rows are getting long enough I don’t want to do the whole ten row repeat in one sitting. It is fun seeing the colors change, and it keeps me going one more row.
By the way, we are still running the Fractal SAL/KAL….until I finish my shawl, which at the rate I knit could be a loooooooong time! If you’d like to join us, check out the thread on Ravelry that is linked earlier in this paragraph. There are some lovely shawls posted there already, I’d love to see yours.