Friday, February 2, 2018

Jessica's Meadowsweet Knitted Shawl

My friend Jessica and I swap DIY gifts every year. Last year I made her these Vespergyle Mittens that turned out so awesome! This year I took on a project that was larger but (not surprising) much easier than those crazy colorwork mittens.

Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Rainbow color #42
Pattern: Meadowsweet by Fancy Tiger Crafts, from the book Wool Journey: Shetland

I found this yarn at a fiber swap a few years ago. There were LOTS of skeins included, and even though I had no idea how I would use it, I knew I had to have it. Even after making this shawl, I still have lots of it left. (P.S. The yarn is discontinued, but you can still find it on sites like eBay and Ravelry.)

A yarn like this can't go to just anyone, but Jessica and I are pretty in sync when it comes to our taste in colors and clothing. In fact, when we used to go to clothing swaps together in Brooklyn, we would always go through each other's clothes first and get what we wanted before other people had a chance to take it. Heh heh.

The yarn was kind of hard to work with because it kept splitting. It was kind of ok when I was working the garter stitch body, but when I got to the lace border, the splitting was too much for me. I pooped out early on the border, but I think it still works!

I'm sure traditional Shetland patterns would never use a yarn like this, but it's such a simple and pretty shawl that I couldn't resist trying it out.

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