I'm in a little bit of shawl heaven right now.
Remember how Zetor was all pretty in stitches, but kinda yucky in colour?Well this is how it looks now.
Mom very kindly overdyed it for me because I've been too busy. AND she blocked it out for me. She couldn't pull the bottom down into points as the pattern calls for, because I cast off too tight (I was at the cottage when I finished and didn't have a larger needle to cast off) but it looks fantastic! (Mom also took the photos... she's an awesome Mom, I gotta say.)It's much larger than I thought it would be - about 56 inches wide. And it took just one skein of Top Cat. The Top Cat is a fantastic shawl yarn. This is the second shawl I've made with it. The merino blocks like a dream and the cashmere gives a really soft, luxurious feel. There's still some Top Cat left in the shop, and we will be getting more next month.
Mom overdyed the shawl with one of my favourite blue dyes and it created a lovely mottled purpley, blue and green fabric. So pretty, and even nicer in person.
I definitely want to make a larger, pointier Zetor now. I still haven't ripped out the Starry Zetor, so when the Sea Silk Frozen Leaves is done, maybe I'll finish it up.
I'm not sure if I shared this picture with you before:
This is a shawl of my own design, knit in our uberfabulous Fluffy Cat (colour is pink pearl). I knit this back in January. It was still at Mom's because she took the pictures for me (I'm still between decent cameras at the moment.) I want to get the pattern written up and available to you asap... but I have to find my written notes first... a goal for this weekend I think. It doesn't have a name yet - any suggestions?
To me, the Fluffy Cat is the ULTIMATE shawl yarn. It's sinfully soft, has an incredible drape and creates a light, sensuous fabric. Baby alpaca, cashmere and silk - it really is a luxurious yarn. Want to treat yourself to something special? This is the yarn!
There are five colours of Fluffy Cat in the shop right now. We did a little Fluffy Cat dying today and the results should be up in the shop by early next week (or this weekend if we get frisky). I'll be dying more on Friday as well.
And also on the shawl front, I'm still booking away on the Sea Silk Frozen Leaves and loving every minute of it. I've got six leaf repeats done, and it's starting to slow down because it's getting much wider, but I'm still aiming to finish it up by the weekend... so I guess I better get of the computer....