After finishing the last (and I mean it this time, LAST!) sample for the Leila pattern, I immediately started on the next shawl idea that I've been sketching out over the last few weeks. I've actually finished the shawlette size version (pictured above only barely started) and am working on the full-size version right now. I'm knitting both out of Koigu, and newly-acquired Koigu at that!
The shawlette is in KPPPM color P729, which is now officially my favorite Koigu color EVER. The 2 skeins I bought say they're dye lot 1, which if you can believe that means this is a brand new color! How cool would that be? I could potentially have the only finished piece of knitting in this color of Koigu! When I went back to the store to buy a 3rd skein, they'd already sold out, which is no surprise given how gorgeous it is. I can't wait to wear this one, but it still needs to be blocked and have the ends woven in before I can wear it out.For the full-size shawl, I'm working with the semi-solid sherbert orange I posted a few weeks ago. This design features the lines you see above, which then turn into zig-zags (I'm clearly on a zig-zag kick!) and then individual points are knit on the edge. I wrestled with doing the individual points because, even though I love the design idea, I think it's a huge pain to have to weave in all those extra ends . . . but I decided it was worth it to get the look I was going for. Maybe I'll knit s econd sample without the points to show how that would look, so that those who really don't want to do the points can see the alternative. It looked pretty good before adding the points, so I definitely think that's an option for a variation . . .
We're going to the beach for the weekend and the only knitting I'm bringing is the orange shawl. With the weather we've been having lately, this "beach weekend" may turn into a "knitting in a beach house" weekend instead!