Summer vacation…it is so wonderful.
I’ve been splitting my time up into chunks — working out — running errands — reading — knitting — napping — watching TV. Not necessarily in that order either.
My knitting. Oh my. I’m working on something for Rooster and his girl, but I had to order a skein of yarn for it, so I cast on a new project, Big Island Wrapper, on June 18th, using Knit Picks Billow yarn.
First of all, can we all give a big hallelujah for Ravelry? I always research my projects beforehand…looking for errata and suggestions from others to make knitting each pattern easier. I found out that there were several mistakes in the pattern.
The connection sections can be knit a couple of different ways. I didn’t like the look I was getting with the original way, so I tinked back and reknit, using the suggested changes posted by others. You can read more specific details on my project page on Ravelry.
The yarn was easy to work with, although I didn’t like that it was thinner in some places than others. It’s cotton, which I don’t usually knit with, so it’s heavier, but I like the way it slid through my fingers and off of the needles.
It was a fast knit, and before I knew it, I was giving it a bath.
Then, I blocked it.
I love the look of the netting stitch in the orange section.
I bound off using a picot edge…a lovely touch that beats adding fringe any day.
This is not the usually airy shawl that I’m known to make.
The heavier cotton gives it a solid drape. It will be warm in the fall.
I am pleased with the way it turned out and the color scheme. The palette is appropriate given my proximity to the ocean.
This shawl will probably be another favorite! I look forward to wearing it in a few months.