Wouldn’t you know it? As soon as I vow to restart this blog, I get sick as a dog (hey, that rhymes!). I hope you’ll forgive me for taking so long to post again.
I thought I’d start with a little bit of a look back at the Christmas presents I made for 2013. Unfortunately, I had a mishap with my camera, so I only have two projects that survived the unintentional camera purge. Very frustrating. Fortunately, I do have some gorgeous pictures of the Ginkgo Crescent shawl by Jade Keaney that I knitted for my talented Aunt Kathy. Here’s the (hugely oversized) gallery of pictures:
In my family, we draw names for Christmas presents and we each get one present from/for another family member. This year, I was given the name of my Aunt Kathy, who is herself a knitter so I know she appreciates finely dyed wool and an intricately blocked pattern.
Our family gathered together in November for a wedding and Kathy looked beautiful in a beautiful dark teal green dress. I was already itching to make the Ginkgo Crescent for someone special so I went online to find the perfect shade of MadelineTosh Light Merino to match Kathy’s dress. It’s called “Cousteau” (after Jacques Cousteau perhaps?) and the pictures don’t begin to do it justice. Gorgeous, amazing, sublime colors. This is my first time knitting with MadelineTosh yarn and I’m already addicted. And the yardage is quite generous; I added two repeats of the stockinette stitch portion and the entire shawl still took less than one skein.
I have learned a couple things making this shawl. First, I need to work on my crescent-shaping technique so there isn’t too much of a “bump” in the center of the shawl where the cast-on edge is. And second, make sure you have vinegar on hand to wash the Merino Light and ensure colorfastness. During the blocking process, the color bleeding was extensive, like I had murdered a Vulcan with a chainsaw (yo, where my Trekkies at?).
Well, I’ve regaled you enough for today. I will save tales of my second Christmas present for tomorrow.