Sunday, January 20, 2013

FO: Aeolian

I'm still not feeling great, but I had to get out of the house today. After three days of barely leaving the couch, I just couldn't stand to stay there any more. So I headed up to Mom's to get some shots of Aeolian and Tea Leaves. Tea Leaves will come tomorrow, but here's my new favourite shawl. It was very cold out, with a biting wind, so I had to work very quickly to get these pics.

The pattern is Aeolian, one that's been in my queue forever! I used a lovely matte topaz coloured bead, but the shawl isn't as beaded as the pattern calls for.

The pattern has beading on the first set of leaves, but when I started the shawl, I didn't have beads for it. But as the rows grew, I knew I definitely wanted to include them, so I made a special trip to get them.  I'm quite pleased with the amount of beads though. I think more would have been too much and would have slowed my progress exponentially.
The yarn is out new Solo Cat, and the colour is Mulled Cider (as I'm writing this, there's still a skein in the shop). It's a single-ply merino with a nice tight twist, which means it will hold up better than less twisted single-plys, and gives beautiful stitch definition. You will definitely see me make more projects with it. Right now Mom is knitting a pair of fingerless gloves from it. (And I'm very sorry I didn't keep the second skein of that colourway!)
I ended up using about 700 yards, so it's a good sized shawl - probably one of the largest I've made. I had a little trouble blocking out the edges, but overall, I'm happy with it.

And, for the curious... last night after posting, I started working on a new design. I ended up frogging after just a few rows - the yarn just isn't right for what I have in mind. So instead I started the Stray Cat shawl. I'll share more with you later. Tonight, however, I'm going to be a good girl and cast on the second Embossed Leaves sock so I can get it off the needles before the end of the month.


Minding My Own Stitches said...

Gorgeous shawl. That name "mulled cider" is just perfect. And very nice photos too :)

Monika said...

It's gorgeous!

Araignee said...

I'm speechless.

kathy b said...

Your images are so is the shawl!

Nancy Kay said...

What a beautiful shawl !! Gorgeous lace work! Great color!