The yarn is gorgeous to work with though and I love this shawlette. When I got to the edging I decided I fancied some beads. I chose my beads and in the light in my lounge it looked good. I thought my lounge was fairly bright but last week it was quite dull and dark several days and I didn't always put the light on during the day when I was knitting. Then one day last week I visited my friend, Clare. I got my knitting out while we were chatting, like I always do. Her lounge has much more natural light than hours and I sat right in front of her big patio doors. The beads looked totally different and I didn't like them at all. By the time I left I'd decided to rip the edging out (it was half done at that point). I chose some pale pink miracle/illussion beads instead and started the edging again. I'm so glad I did as I love the result now.
I tried to block the Handmaiden Seasilk shawlette I knitted in Norway while we were there but I must admit blocking without my pro blocking equipment wasn't easy. So last week I re-blocked it using my wires, blocking pins and it turned out much better. I am thinking of having a larger version knitted up in one of my own yarns but I don't have time right now and all my knitters are busy too. I'm hoping to publish this in February although if I decide to knit a larger version it will probably be March. I was thinking how good it'd look with beads too.....
I've done a little bit more work on the 'Marks & Katten' cape i started in Norway. I can't quite decide how to proceed with this so it's a bit stuck right now.
Last week I got some Knit Pro Karbonz double pointed needles and it's making me itch to knit some socks again. I was considering casting on for a new pair but then I found this pair i started last year and think I probably should finish this first. It's the top down version of a toe up sock pattern I designed last year but haven't published yet. At the moment I'm using my Signature dpns for this sock but if I change them to my Karbonz I get to try those out without casting on for another pair. I'm trying to keep my current projects to a minimum as I'm about to start a new crochet design, just waiting for the yarn to arrive.
This weekend I picked up another hibernating shawl. I started this shawl in Lornas Laces Solemate last autumn some time. I wanted stripes but started without any firm plans as to what i wanted to do with the edging. I've made a decision now and worked one repeat of the edging chart. I don't think I'll have enough yarn for one more repeat and I did think about throwing in some lace and swatched an idea earlier but didnt' like it. I need to decide how to proceed soon as I want to finish this.
I've listed a new sterling silver shawl pin. This is the Little Celtic Heart pin and it's so cute and elegant. It's smaller than the aluminium pins and perfect for your most delicate lace. I've kept one for myself and the other 2 are in the shop. See the rest of the new shawl pins here.
I've shared what's on my needles this week. What's on your needles? What are you working on? Or have you got a project you're itching to cast on? Tell me in the comments.