I finally finished my Twig and Leaf Shawl.
Isn’t she a beauty? First the details! The yarn is knitspot Bare Naked Wools Breakfast Blend fingering in oatmeal. This is a new yarn, produced for Anne and being sold only by her. It’s a wool, alpaca, nylon blend. It’s very lightweight and very warm. It also comes in several natural colors, with more colors to come. I used two skeins of fingering.
I made the medium size on the pattern, and I should have made the small. First of all, it’s about 8 feet long. Here it is while it was blocking!
The strange shape is my fault. First of all, I knit the second half in stockinette, instead of garter stitch. That’s not what made the shape a little strange though. The stockinette portion is done with short rows, increasing 3 stitches each row. As I got a ways into it, it was clear that I was never going to have enough yarn to finish, so I started increasing by 5 stitches a row, then eventually 9 stitches, and finally 13 stitches. Take my advice, knit the small!!!
I love knitting patterns using totally different yarn than what was intended. This pattern was written for lace weight, but as you can see, is gorgeous in a heavier yarn. I used size 6 and 4 needles to compensate for the thicker yarn.
To be honest, I had totally intended to knit this, blog it, and then secretly dye it so I wouldn’t insult Anne. If you’ve read my blog at all, you know that I’m all about color. There’s no way I’m going to dye this!!! It’s just plain classy. You did notice that I put burnt orange under it though! I just had to.
So, thank you Anne for another gorgeous pattern and some equally fabulous yarn.
I’ll be back soon with my Millefiori handspun and I’ll show you what the yarn decided it wanted to be.
Just look at that stitch definition!!!