I'm definitely, 100% completely and utterly on a shawl/shawlette kick right now! This one is another new pattern that I hope to release soon (soon, soon!), I'm naming this one Chaya and she'll also be offered in a full-size version and a shawlette version. The original idea for this shawl came to me, oh, 2 years ago, and I even knit it up, but then one thing after another went wrong and I never got around to publishing it.
The pattern itself is great and so easy to modify for any size/yarn amount/gauge, but the color of the yarn the sample was in was impossible to photograph (road-cone orange, anyone?) and the original had something wonky in the middle that made it look like it was crooked. My friend Shana is currently knitting a new full-size sample for me using Kureyon Sock, which I think will show the directionality of this pattern to its fullest potential, and I whipped up a sample of the shawlette size in just a day using a skein of Colinette Jitterbug in the Bright Charcoal color, which just happens to be my favorite Colinette color of all time. I think I see a few more of these in my future . . .
Folks, that's the second knot in my skein of Colinette Jitterbug! I've knit a bunch of projects with this yarn and I love it, I've even defended it on Ravelry boards when others have complained of short yardage, bleeding colors, KNOTS, and who knows what else . . . I realize the ball of yarn has no way of knowing it's just done the equivalent of stabbing me in the back, but I still can't help but feel betrayed.
There's something so supremely annoying about having to weave in 4 extra ends in a small, quick project that uses less than 150 yards of yarn!
In happier news, I blocked the Leila Shawlette and I'm very pleased with how it came out:
I used less than one skein of Socks that Rock and it's a pretty good size shawlette, the perfect size to wear as a scarf during the spring. It's kind of amazing to think that you can get this much shawl out of one pair of sock's worth of yarn!
The STR softened up significantly in the wash, I was actually really surprised. The only other thing I've knit with it is socks, which are definitely soft enough, but since they're knit so tightly the yarn only relaxed so much with washing/wearing. This loosely-knit fabric feels amazingly soft in comparison! And I just love this tone-on-tone purple, I wish I had more of it in the stash!
Planning to wear this to work tomorrow, I wonder how many coworkers will ask if I knit it?